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Dr. Martin Raff
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What is the best thing to do to get through a stomach virus?

Dr. Martin Raff
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What is the best thing to do to get through a stomach virus?

Time: Use of agents which will alleviate the nausea and vomiting, fluids to prevent dehydration, agents to inhibit diarrhea is this is manifested, combined with rest should help. Most of these last less than 48 hrs. Good luck. ...Read more

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Dr. Stephen Scholand
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Gastroenteritis (Definition)

Gastroenteritis is 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 fluids to prevent dehydration. The more severe cases end up in a hospital for ...Read more


Dr. Mark Gromisch
Board Certified, Gastroenterology
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Best things to eat after just getting over the stomach virus? Not 100% better yet.

Dr. Mark Gromisch
Board Certified, Gastroenterology
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Best things to eat after just getting over the stomach virus? Not 100% better yet.

Gastroenteritis: If you have diarrhea, try a brat diet (banana, rice, apple sauce, tea, toast). I usually recommend avoiding dairy for a week or so as some causes of gastroenteritis can cause a transient lactose intolerance. ...Read more

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Dr. Ryan Stanton
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Best way to prevent myself from getting the stomach virus?

Dr. Ryan Stanton
Board Certified, Emergency Medicine
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Best way to prevent myself from getting the stomach virus?

Avoid: Prepare and store food properly, good hand hygiene, and avoid other sick folks. ...Read more

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Dr. Georgia Latham
Board Certified, Family Medicine
30 years in practice
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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

Dr. Georgia Latham
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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

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Dr. Roseller B. Tapangan
Board Certified, Pediatrics
28 years in practice
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Best way to prevent stomach virus?

Dr. Roseller B. Tapangan
Board Certified, Pediatrics
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Handwash... Handwash: Well you get it! immunize with the stomach virus vaccine RotaTeq and avoid daycare if possible and common sense universal precautions goes a long way! regards ! ...Read more

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Dr. Cindy Juster
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What's the best treatment for a stomach virus?

Dr. Cindy Juster
Board Certified, Pediatrics
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What's the best treatment for a stomach virus?

Supportive care.: Since stomach flu (viral gastroenteritis) is a virus, there's nothing that kills it. However, taking electrolyte-rich fluids, a bland low-sugar/high fat diet, and rest helps with the symptoms and keeps you hydrated. Probiotics also help your intestines recover. I hope you feel better soon! ...Read more

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Dr. Jay Park
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What are the best things to eat while having a stomach virus and vomiting alot?

Dr. Jay Park
Board Certified, Pediatrics
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What are the best things to eat while having a stomach virus and vomiting alot?

frequent small sips: Frequent small sips of electrolyte solution, e.g., pedialyte, is the first step to rehydrate or to prevent further dehydraton. If vomiting continues and signs of dehydration become obvious, medical attention should be sought. ...Read more

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Dr. Patrick Kohlitz
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Best foods while recovering from a stomach virus? I've been dizzy and weak all day and maybe it's hunger?

Dr. Patrick Kohlitz
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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 more

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Dr. Martin Raff
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How do you treat a stomach virus?

Dr. Martin Raff
Board Certified, Infectious Disease
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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 more

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Dr. Jeffry Gill
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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?

Dr. Jeffry Gill
Board Certified, Pediatrics
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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 more

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Stomach Flu (Definition)

Stomach flu is also known as Gastroenteritis. Stomach flu, also called gastroenteritis, is a condition of inflammation of the stomach and intestines leading to nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea that is caused by a bacterial or viral infection ...Read more


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