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how to cure stomach flu?

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
Stomach Flu: It tends to run it's course. Be gentle with your GI tract. Start with clear liquid like water, soda that is clear, or sports hydration drinks. Work up to solids with bland foods like bananas, rice, applesauce, toast, gelatin, or chicken. Avoid alcohol, nicotine, caffeine, dairy & high fat foods. Rest.
Dr. Bryan Wong
Family Medicine 18 years experience
Stomach flu or viral gastroenteritis is a common infection causes by a variety of viruses that cause stomach discomfort, nausea, and usually a combination of vomiting, diarrhea and fevers or chills. Typically, a person will improve on their own over the course of several days, but need to be careful if they become dehydrated by not being able to drink enough fluids to keep up losses.

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A 41-year-old member asked:

How common is the stomach flu?

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Dr. Andrew Gentry
Gastroenterology 20 years experience
Very common: Stomach flu refers to the virus spread from vomit and diarrhea if you remember the cruise ship issues of several years ago that was a virus.
A 31-year-old member asked:

How do physicians treat stomach flu?

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Dr. Gary Gottlieb
Internal Medicine 48 years experience
Fluids, rest, meds: We use medications to treat nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea. We advise oral fluids and electrolytes to prevent dehydration. We suggest a bland, low fat diet, and avoidance of caffeine, alcohol, aspirin, and nsaids such as Ibuprofen and naproxen. If unable to retain fluids, then a trip to the emergency department may be necessary. If it lasts more than 10 days, see a doctor.
A 34-year-old member asked:

How long would the normal stomach flu take to develop in your system and start showing symptoms.?

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Dr. Gary Gottlieb
Internal Medicine 48 years experience
6--10 days: The "incubation period" for most common gastrointestinal viral illnesses is 6-10 days. Cerain viruses, such as hepatitis a and b viruses, can take up to 6 months from infection to onset of symptoms.
A 38-year-old member asked:

What can I do to cure gastroenteritis (my stomach flu)?

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Dr. Alan Levine
Pediatrics 34 years experience
Fluid replacement: There is no "cure"for a viral gastroenteritis. The important thing is to keep up with fluid losses--usually staring with small volumes of fluid and increasing as tolerated. Food and fluid if diarrhea is the problem. If that does not work, IV fluids may be needed, or an anti-emetic, such as zofran (ondansetron).
A 34-year-old member asked:

Can you tell me how I could help to cure my stomach flu as soon as possible?

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
Not a cure -: Start with clear liquid like water, soda that is clear, or sports hydration drinks. Sip often to prevent dehydration. Work up to solids with bland foods like bananas, rice, applesauce, toast, gelatin, or chicken. Avoid alcohol, nicotine, caffeine, dairy & high fat foods. Rest.

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