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Had bowel issues for 5 days. It seems to have improved slightly but still going on. How do you know it's just a stomach bug and not something scary.?

Had bowel issues for 5 days. It seems to have improved slightly but still going on. How do you know it's just a stomach bug and not something scary.?

Gastroenteritis: Gastroenteritis symptoms may include: diarrhea, nausea, vomiting, abdominal cramps/pain, headaches, muscular aches & pains as well as fever (low grade). Bloody stools are not usually associated with gastroenteritis. According to the CDC, viral gastroenteritis usually has a duration of 1 to 10 days (depending on the specific virus). The average is 1 to 3 days. High fevers, black tarry stools, > ...Read more

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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How to tell if what I have is a stomach bug or irritable bowel syndrome?

How to tell if what I have is a stomach bug or irritable bowel syndrome?

Time/pain pattern: A "stomach bug" is usually very short, lasting only a couple of days, then you get back to "normal". Irritable bowel syndrome is a chronic pattern of diarrhea, constipation and abdominal pain/bloating that recurs over months to years. ...Read more

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Hello! I had a nasty stomach bug this past two weeks, mostly intestinal, diareah and I vomited once. Ever since I have had very smelly bowel movements?

Hello! I had a nasty stomach bug this past two weeks, mostly intestinal, diareah and I vomited once. Ever since I have had very smelly bowel movements?

GASTROENTERITIS: Acute onset of symptoms is most consistent with gastroenteritis. You need to rest, fast for 8-12 hrs then clear liquids as tolerated. You need full exam, stool test and lab screen to rule out infection. Cipro (ciprofloxacin) may be given empirically. If symptoms persist abdominal US or CT to rule out appendicitis. If it is vital it will resolve in 24-72 hrs. If fever or pain worsens seek ER eval. ...Read more

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Painful stomach aches, many bowel movements &cramping the past 3 days. I have a cough too but no nausea or vomiting. Is it a stomach bug of some sort?

Painful stomach aches, many bowel movements &cramping the past 3 days. I have a cough too but no nausea or vomiting. Is it a stomach bug of some sort?

Stomach bug: Try the BRAT diet. You can eat banana rice applesauce toast. See if you can hold down liquids first. Advance slowly. Sometimes it can last a while. So long as liquids are ok then you'll avoid dehydration. Over time if you do not feel any improvement then see your doctor. The cough could be the flu so if you are having fevers then see your doctor early. New treatment is antiviral medication ...Read more

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What can I eatto get my bowels moving after hwving the stomach flu?

What can I eatto get my bowels moving after hwving the stomach flu?

Drink water: The most important thing is to get rehydrated. One of the most under-appreciated causes of constipation is dehydration, which is common with the stomach flu. Then, just eat balanced meals. If you still need help passing a bowel movement, try an over-the-counter stool softener or perhaps a glycerin suppository. If it's been 3 days or more, check with your doctor. ...Read more

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Had gastro stomach flu since Monday. Past 2 days I've had very frequent diarrheal bowel movements with nothing but liquid. What to do? Anti diarrheal?

Had gastro stomach flu since Monday. Past 2 days I've had very frequent diarrheal bowel movements with nothing but liquid. What to do? Anti diarrheal?

It would be OK: To try Immodium as directed on the package. If you notice blood in your stool, or start vomiting uncontrollably, call your doctor. Hope this helps! ...Read more

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Caught stomach flu 4 days ago. Not vomiting anymore. Good appetite, fiber, drink lot of water. Really bloated, no bowel movements since 2 days! Feel bad?

Caught stomach flu 4 days ago. Not vomiting anymore. Good appetite, fiber, drink lot of water. Really bloated, no bowel movements since 2 days! Feel bad?

Takes time: "Stomach flu" takes some time to get over. It is common to not have a BM for a few days as there is not much left in the intestines. A bland diet will reduce the bloating. Slowly start adding fiber as the bloating improves. ...Read more

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My young kids have had stomach virus w/o vomiting or excessive bowel movements. 4 yr old is last to get she vomited small amount of yellowish stuff.?

My young kids have had stomach virus w/o vomiting or excessive bowel movements. 4 yr old is last to get she vomited small amount of yellowish stuff.?

Vomiting: Has your daughter eaten anything previously that could have discolored the throw-up? If not, the yellowish material could be caused by bile. If persistent, have checked by her pediatrician. In the meantime, give pedialyte. ...Read more

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Is the stomach bug around?

Yes: There is always a "stomach bug" around; most recently, there was a fairly widespread outbreak of norovirus. ...Read more

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How to stop the stomach bug?

How to stop the stomach bug?

This won't stop it: But it will help. Start with clear liquid like water, soda that is clear, or sports hydration drinks. Sip, sip, sip. Work up to solids with 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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What are the symptoms for stomach bug?

Stomach bug: Stomach bug also known as stomach flu or somach virus.The symptoms are nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, abdominal cramps and fever.It can sometimes be associated with upper respiritory symptoms and fatigue. The symptoms with hydration and supportive therapy usually subside in 48 to 72 hours. ...Read more

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How is a stomach bug passed from person to person?

How is a stomach bug passed from person to person?

Hygiene: Stomach bugs are passed from person to person. Good hand washing willl prevent the spread of infection. ...Read more

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What would my symptoms be if I caught a stomach bug?

What would my symptoms be if I caught a stomach bug?

Gastroenteritis.: Gastroenteritis symptoms may include: diarrhea, nausea, vomiting, abdominal cramps/pain, headaches, muscular aches & pains as well as fever (low grade). Bloody stools are not usually associated with gastroenteritis. According to the CDC, viral gastroenteritis usually has a duration of 1 to 10 days (depending on the specific virus). The average is 1 to 3 days. ...Read more

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Can a stomach bug make my back hurt?

Can a stomach bug make my back hurt?

Yes do to mus, spasm: Generalized viremia can cause back and abd. Muscles toache. ...Read more

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How can I avoid getting the stomach bug?

How can I avoid getting the stomach bug?

Avoid Stomach Flu: > Wash your hands before touching your eyes, nose or mouth. Wash wi warm water & soap for 20 seconds. Hand-sanitizer doesn't kill Norovirus. Use paper towel to turn off faucet & open door when exiting a public restroom. Antiseptic wipes can be used on doorknobs, keyboards & other surfaces if diluted bleach is not available. Wash dishes in dishwasher (vice hand-washing). Clean clothes which may be ...Read more

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How should I prevent getting a stomach bug?

How should I prevent getting a stomach bug?

Hygine: Wash hands, keep your hands away from your mouth; prepare all your food yourself, only eat/drink from known sterile/clean sources. ...Read more

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Can you have diahhera without a stomach bug?

Can you have diahhera without a stomach bug?

Of course: There are many causes of diarrhea besides infections. Other causes include food poisoning (not caused by a bug but toxins produced by the bug), food sensitivities (like lactose intolerance and gluten sensitivity), side effects of medicines and herbs, excess (or poorly absorbed forms of) magnesium or vitamin c, autoimmune conditions (colitis), hyperthyroidism and other hormonal imbalances & stress. ...Read more

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Can you have a stomach bug without being sick?

You could have a: Viral infection with very minimal or even no symptoms. ...Read more

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Can taking immodium make the stomach bug worse?

Slow down healing: It may slow down your clearance of the irritant. This is why in children we avoid anti-diarrhea medications. ...Read more

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What is the fastest way to get over a stomach bug?

What is the fastest way to get over a stomach bug?

Gastroenteristis: Start w clear liquid like water, 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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What should I eat or drink if I have a stomach bug?

What should I eat or drink if I have a stomach bug?

Fluids light food: Oral rehydration therapy is recommended. Buy from a pharmacy, or make by combining water, salts & sugar. Or use diluted juice or lemonade (1 part juice or lemonade with 4 parts water). Eat small, light meals & build up from there. Bland foods (such as crackers) avoid irritating the stomach. It's a good idea to avoid caffeine & alcohol for several days. ...Read more

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How long do stomach bug germs live outside the body?

How long do stomach bug germs live outside the body?

Most > 24hr: The enteroviruses (gut viruses) are a diverse group known to cause a variety of GI disturbances. They are easily passed in the saliva during the early stages of the illness & end up on door handles & banisters & other objects where they pass to the next victim. Their survival for at least 24hrs is common. ...Read more

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Can you tell me how to prevent getting the stomach bug?

Can you tell me how to prevent getting the stomach bug?

To avoid Stomach: Flu > Wash your hands before touching your eyes, nose or mouth. Wash wi warm water & soap for 20 seconds. Hand-sanitizer doesn't kill Norovirus. Use paper towel to turn off faucet & open door when exiting a public restroom. Antiseptic wipes can be used on doorknobs, keyboards & other surfaces if diluted bleach is not available. Wash dishes in dishwasher (vice hand-washing). Clean clothes which > ...Read more

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