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Which foods/drinks are considered the best if you have the stomach flu?

Which foods/drinks are considered the best if you have the stomach flu?

Stomach flu: Start w clear liquid like water, slightly flattened soda that is clear, or sports hydration drinks. Sip, sip, sip. Work up to solids w bland foods like bananas, rice, applesauce, toast, gelatin, or chicken. Avoid alcohol, nicotine, caffeine, dairy & high fat foods. Rest. ...Read more

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Flu (Definition)

The flu, otherwise known as influenza, is a viral infection of the nose and throat. Symptoms of influenza include fever, chills, runny nose, muscle aches, fatigue, malaise, headaches, and coughing. Children with the flu often have nausea and vomiting as well. Some strains of the flu are preventable by getting a yearly flu ...Read more


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I'm underweight (5'3 & 93 lbs). Now I had a stomach flu past 2 days and my weight is 90 lbs, I feel weak, what is the best to eat during recovery?

I'm underweight (5'3 & 93 lbs). Now I had a stomach flu past 2 days and my weight is 90 lbs, I feel weak, what is the best to eat during recovery?

Food: Continue with a varied diet that contains all elements of foodstuffs. Vegetables, fruits, meats, and concentrated carbohydrates (potatoes, etc.) are the way to go. You may just have to eat more. Good luck and best wishes. ...Read more

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Very sick with stomach flu symptoms 2 weeks ago, and now sick with same thing again! why does this keep happening?

Very sick with stomach flu symptoms 2 weeks ago, and now sick with same thing again! why does this keep happening?

Different virus: Many conditions and viruses can cause the same symptoms. Perhaps you are run down and never fully recovered from the previous episode. ...Read more

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Are food poisoning and stomach flu the same thing?

Are food poisoning and stomach flu the same thing?

Not really: Stomach flu is related to viruses that can be transmitted by eating contaminated food or water or personal contact with other people who are ill. Foodborne illness ( food poisoning is another term for this) occurs as a direct result of ingesting contaminated food or fluids. Toxins are produced by the parasites, viruses or bacteria, . ...Read more

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My 1yr old threw up last night and today complained his tummy hurt. Is there such a thing as a 1 day viral stomach flu?

My 1yr old threw up last night and today complained his tummy hurt.  Is there such a thing as a 1 day viral stomach flu?

Yes: Norovirus and other viruses can have a very short course. However, don't be surprised if it's not quite over yet. It may be, or he might develop diarrhea. For diarrhea or tummy pain, try bland foods such as the brat diet (bannas, rice, applesauce, toast) if he is agreeable to them. ...Read more

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I have a bad migraine and I can't get rid of it I tried every single thing how can I get rid of it?I have the stomach flu too.

I have a bad migraine and I can't get rid of it I tried every single thing how can I get rid of it?I have the stomach flu too.

Migraine: Not clear what you tired, you may need prescription medication for both prophylaxis and during an acute episode based on how often and how bad your problems are. Stomach flu probably self limiting, keep yourself well hydrated. ...Read more

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Help for stomach flu?

Help for stomach flu?

Rest: Most viruses causing GI problems last inly a few days, drinking lots of fluids and rest are best. ...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


Dr. Stephen Scholand
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Gastroenteritis (Definition)

Gastroenteritis is a loose term denoting inflammation of the stomach and small ...Read more