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Can the stomach flu go away on its own?

Can the stomach flu go away on its own?

Yes.: Stomach flu by definition is triggered by a virus. Viral infections/flu are typically self-limited diseases, going away without specific treatment by "running its course". But complications of the viral illness such as dehydration, abdominal pain, high fever, etc. Can be problematic. Consequently, most patients seek help to avoid or prevent these worrisome side effects. So call your md for advice. ...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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Is there a good way to make stomach flu and or sickness go away fast! (home remedies, etc.)?

Is there a good way to make stomach flu and or sickness go away fast! (home remedies, etc.)?

GI track Gentleness.: You tx sxs only. It will run it's course. Start with clear liquid like water, soda that is clear, or sports hydration drinks. Sip often to prevent dehydration.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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Me and 3 year old son just caught the stomach flu, what can I do to make this go away faster, and keep it from spreading?

Me and 3 year old son just caught the stomach flu, what can I do to make this go away faster, and keep it from spreading?

Good hygiene : Stomach "flu" is most commonly caused by a virus. Viruses are spread by saliva and respiratory droplets. Good handwashing, and not sharing germs are the keys to prevention of the virus. Unfortunately there is no cure. Treatment is supportive with nausea meds and fluids as tolerated. Be careful to watch for dehydration and always best to see your doc to make sure it's nothing more. ...Read more

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I have this really bad stomach flu / virus & it's suppose to last a wk or so, is there anything I could do to make it go away sooner or to hurt less??

I have this really bad stomach flu / virus & it's suppose to last a wk or so, is there anything I could do to make it go away sooner or to hurt less??

Tamaflu: assuming you do have the flu, Tamiflu (oseltamivir) is designed to shorten the duration of the illness. If you are not taking Tamiflu (oseltamivir), you might want to talk to your doctor or us about this. ...Read more

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I recently had the stomach flu and had blood in stool. Went to ER said it will go away. I still see spots of blood in stool. Its been 7 days. Normal?

Not normal: It is never normal to have blood in your stools. That said, it doesn't mean it has to be due to something serious as hemorrhoids are both common & a common cause of blood in stool. Blood in the stool should be evaluated. If bright red or maroon then a lower GI tract scope (colonoscopy, sigmoidoscopy, proctoscopy) is first step. If black bloody stool then upper scope indicated. See a GI doctor. ...Read more

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Will stomach flu go by itself ?

Will stomach flu go by itself ?

Usually yes: 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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Is there a stomach flu going around?

Is there a stomach flu going around?

Possibly: Depends on where you live? As we are at the start of the school year gastroenteritis cases definitely start to increase. ...Read more

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Have symptoms of menigitis but not sure it could be stomach flu do I go to drasap?

Have symptoms of menigitis but not sure it could be stomach flu do I go to drasap?

Send us symptoms: It is very unlikely that you have meningitis if you are able to communicate, type, etc. It is so much better here on health tap to describe your symptoms and not make assumptions about what you have. Please re-ask the question with your symptoms. ...Read more

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My friend had the stomach flu 3 days ago and was planning on going on a trip should i go?

Health precautions: If your friend has COMPLETELY recovered --no more diarrhea-- then I would feel much better about traveling together. It's always good to practice 'good hygiene' such as washing hands before meals, NOT touching your face at any time, not sharing drinks/utensils, etc. Stomach flu is highly contagious, but if it's already been 3 days I feel a lot better about you traveling together. ...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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How to cure stomach flu?

How to cure stomach flu?

Stomach Flu: It tends to run it's course. Be gentle with your GI tract. Start with clear liquid like water, soda that is clear, or sports hydration drinks. 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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How does stomach flu start?

How does stomach flu start?

GI upset: The symptoms of stomach flu (viral gastroenteritis) can include: nausea, vomiting, headache, watery bowel movements (not bloody), abdominal cramps and a low fever. ...Read more

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What to do with stomach flu?

What to do with stomach flu?

Prevent dehydration: Lots of fluids, esp fluids with salts to prevent dehydration - either oral or IV if needed. Symptomatic management. ...Read more

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What treats the stomach flu?

Gastroenteritis.: 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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What to do about stomach flu?

What to do about stomach flu?

GI Flu: 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. If you are having frequent, chronic symptoms - it may not be due to viral infections. If this is the case, med eval would be prudent. ...Read more

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What to do for a stomach flu?

Stay hydrated.: 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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What is meant by stomach flu?

What is meant by stomach flu?

Stomach flu: This term is generally used to mean an infectious bug called gastroenteritis. ...Read more

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How common is the stomach flu?

How common is the stomach flu?

Quite common: It is most often communicated through contaminated water or food. ...Read more

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How does the stomach flu begin?

How does the stomach flu begin?

Usually Nausea: Stomach virus may start with vague symtoms, but vomiting and nausea are most prominent symptoms over first 24-48 hrs. These is usually followed by onset of diarrhea which is typically last symptom to resolve. Fever can be part of illness first 1-3 dys. ...Read more

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What to do with the stomach flu?

What to do with the stomach flu?

Nausea and Vomiting: The most important part of dealing with nausea and vomiting is avoiding dehydration. Nausea can be treated with prescription meds such as Phenergan (promethazine) or zofran. Ginger tablets can be tried as a natural remedy for nausea. High sugar drinks can make diarrhea worse. Lower sugar drinks are more quickly absorbed by body and safer. ...Read more

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What is the stomach flu feel like?

What is the stomach flu feel like?

Stomach flu: 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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What are the tests for stomach flu?

Usually none: Stomach flu is usually caused by a virus. There are many viruses that can cause it, and they are quite contagious. The good news is that it goes away on its own and doesn't generally need special testing or treatment (other than making sure you don't get dehydrated!) prolonged vomiting (more than a couple days) or prolonged diarrhea (more than a couple weeks) should prompt a visit to the doctor. ...Read more

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Dr. Stephen Scholand
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Gastroenteritis (Definition)

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