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Doctor insights on: Avoiding The Stomach Flu

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Are food poisoning and stomach flu the same thing?

Are food poisoning and stomach flu the same thing?

No: Food poisoning refers to contamination of food leading typically to diarrhea and abdominal pain. Stomach flu refers to mild viral illness with a predominance of similar symptoms of abdominal cramping and diarrhea. These may not be easily distinguished clinically. ...Read more

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Dr. David Cohen
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Stomach Flu (Definition)

Viral gastroenteritis is a viral infection of the GI tract. It can be picked up from contact with surfaces and foods that are carrying the virus. Symptoms include upset stomach, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, and abdominal cramps. Sometimes ...Read more


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Is the stomach flu the same as seasonal influenza?

Is the stomach flu the same as seasonal influenza?

No: Usually the seasonal influenza refers to respiratory infection or lung infection while stomach flu refers to virus that specializes in the gastrointestinal tract that usually leads to diarrhea or nausea or vomiting. ...Read more

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Could the flu cause stomach upset and diarrhea?

Could the flu cause stomach upset and diarrhea?

Yes: The influenza virus certainly can cause both respiratory and GI symptoms. Viral infections can only be treated symptomatically and hopefully, your immune system with resolve this problem. ...Read more

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Is the GI bug the same as the stomach flu?

Yes: The cause of stomach flu or GI bug infection is the norwalk-like virus (nlv), also called norovirus. This group of viruses causes diarrhea, nausea, vomiting, fever, headache, fatigue and abdominal cramping within 12-48 hours of infection. Symptoms typically last 1-3 days, after which they resolve. The infection is rarely fatal & is self-limiting. Treatment is usually symptomatic. ...Read more

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If the flu virus gets in the stomach, can it cause gastroenteritis instead of a respiratory illness?

If the flu virus gets in the stomach, can it cause gastroenteritis instead of a respiratory illness?

No: Gastroenteritis is caused by various viruses including rotaviruses, noroviruses ; adenoviruses but is not caused by influenza virus. The term "stomach flu" is a misnomer as it had nothing to do with true influenza. Influenza can cause some GI symptoms, but, unlike gastroenteritis, influenza virus always causes respiratory symptoms like sore throat and cough. ...Read more

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Does getting the flu vaccine help prevent getting the flu during flu season?

Does getting the flu vaccine help prevent getting the flu during flu season?

Yes, but...: Note also that "flu vaccine" specifically covers influenza virus (and only targeted strains at that), where as people often refer to the "flu" during "flu season" as any viral illness (there are lots of other viruses which can cause fever and other symptoms besides influenza!). This is a large contributor to the misconception that someone's annual flu vaccine "didn't work". ...Read more

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Start with gastric, them vomit and diarhhea the whole night. When vomit is all fluid. Is this gastric flu. How can ease the gastric pain.

Start with gastric, them vomit and diarhhea the whole night. When vomit is all fluid. Is this gastric flu. How can ease the gastric pain.

Insufficient info: If you have persistent vomiting and diarrhea with stomach pain you should consult a doctor. If the symptoms have lasted more than a day, you risk dehydration and may need a visit to an emergency room. ...Read more

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What to eat with the stomach flu and nausea?

What to eat with the stomach flu and nausea?

Fluids and Carbs: It is wise to avoid spicy, acidic, and high-fat foods during illness with nausea/vomiting. Very restricted diet is not recommended because it will limit your calorie intake. Recovery from some symptoms can be calorie-dependent, so emphasize complex carbohydrates and dont be too restrictive. With diarrhea, avoid high sugar drinks (milk, juice), can increase gas, pain and number of stools. ...Read more

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Can sore throat ,burning in esophagus and stomach when stomach is empty ,sign of h.pylori ?

Can sore throat ,burning in esophagus and stomach when stomach is empty ,sign of h.pylori ?

Anything's possible!: H.Pylori status is checked with the intention of treating the infection to eradication, when found. Some strains of h.Pylori may increase your risk of ulceration as well as of stomach cancer. Diagnostic options: serology (a positive test may not necessarily mean active infection), breath testing, stool testing for h.Pylori antigen, stomach biopsy or CLO testing. ...Read more

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What's the difference between the stomach flu and food poisoning?

What's the difference between the stomach flu and food poisoning?

Depends: They both are general terms to describe one of many infections, but basically stomach flu is a viral illness that lasts for a few days. Food poising is usually bacterial, more severe, and more dangerous. ...Read more

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Why do germs and viruses get through our stomach since our stomach juice is make of acid gastric fluid?

Why do germs and viruses get through our stomach since our stomach juice is make of acid gastric fluid?

Most dont: The acid environment of the stomach is excellent at protecting us from the things we swallow. Many bacteria and viruses can survive in the acid by forming acid resistant capsules or spores or by simply adapting to survive in acid. Acid blocking medications such as Prilosec and Nexium (esomeprazole) can increase the likelihood of infection in some cases by decreasing the effectiveness of this acid barrier. ...Read more

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Does the current flu vaccine protect you against the stomach flu?

Does the current flu vaccine protect you against the stomach flu?

No: Current vaccine protects against various influenza viruses which affect the respiratory system. Ie lungs. Different from the GI tract viruses. ...Read more

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Dr. Stephen Scholand
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Gastroenteritis (Definition)

A condition in which a person has vomiting and diarrhea due to an infection with "stomach flu" viruses. It is contagious, and usually resolves without treatment except for over-the-counter Pedialyte or other ...Read more


Upper Abdomen (Definition)

Draw a transverse line through the umbilicus and the upper abdomen includes every part of the belly above this line and below the ...Read more