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Best Thing For A Stomach Virus
Avoid: Prepare and store food properly, good hand hygiene, and avoid other sick folks. ...Read more
What's the best way to transition to a normal diet after a bad stomach virus? I've kept down solids for two days but I'm nervous to eat "normal" foods
Advancing diet: Clear liquids only for 24 hours, then add BRAT diet as tolerated, B = BANANAS, R = RICE, A = APPLESAUCE, T = TOAST (dry). Continue to add plain foods, and foods that are easy to digest (eg. Soups and crackers). Avoid Diary Products, meats, fish, acidic and/or spicy foods, and vegetables that are difficult to digest (such as broccoli, cabbage, lettuce, and corn) until tolerating all other foods. ...Read more
Best foods while recovering from a stomach virus? I've been dizzy and weak all day and maybe it's hunger?
Fluids: I assume you recently had a good deal of vomiting or diarrhea. You may simply be dehydrated and in need of fluids. Sports drinks such as Gatorade usually are helpful as is water. Advance your diet slowly- bland fluid such as crackers are a good food to begin with :) ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Treat symptoms only: Viral infections of the intestinal tract are almost always self-limiting. It is important, however, to not become dehydrated. Maintain a high fluid intake, treat nausea and vomiting and diarrhea with agents your doctor can provide. If you are not able to keep things down by mouth you may need intravenous fluids to maintain adequate blood volume, and if you are in doubt about this, see M.D. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I'm 33 and am on my 8th stomach virus in the last 7 or 8 months. More than half, someone else in my family also got. Should I be worried?
Bad luck vs. problem: That sounds miserable! If multiple people in a family have similar stomach flu symptoms at the same time, it's a good story for passing around a virus, but may also represent food-borne illness, parasites, or even non-infectious cases of these symptoms. You could just have a run of bad luck, but best to discuss with your doc to see if testing or expert referral would help you. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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