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how can you tell the difference between dehydration and a stomach virus?

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Dr. Christopher Dowd
19 years experience Internal Medicine
One can cause..: The other. A stomach virus that leads to vomiting, poor intake, diarrhea can lead to someone getting behind in fluids (dehydration). A stomach bug often comes with feeling bad, maybe fevers, stomach cramps, etc. Dehydration can be caused by lots of things besides stomach problems. Not ever stomach virus leads to dehydration, but you should take steps to prevent it anytime you have a stomach virus.
Answered on Apr 30, 2012

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