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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


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Can my stomach flu go away on its own, or do I need to get meds from a doctor?

Can my stomach flu go away on its own, or do I need to get meds from a doctor?

Maybe: Depends on age, severity, and underlying medical problems, but usually is self-limiting illness. ...Read more

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My 3yr old and I both have had diarhea, cramping and flatulence for almost a week now. Is this a stomach flu? Will it go away on its own?

My 3yr old and I both have had diarhea, cramping and flatulence for almost a week now. Is this a stomach flu? Will it go away on its own?

Diarrhea: You can get rid of the diarrhea faster if you stay off of greasy and fried food. Cut out milk and dairy products as well as cutting out juice. ...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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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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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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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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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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How often do normal people get the stomach flu?

Often: If you are in contact with many people on a daily basis for work or school then it is not uncommon to get a "stomach flu" several times a year. The peak season for enteroviruses (stomach flu) is spring and summer. During those seasons children can get sick every month or so especially if they are in a large daycare. The viruses are spread by poor hand washing and contact with contaminated surfaces. ...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 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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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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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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Know how contagious is the stomach flu?

Know how contagious is the stomach flu?

Depends on Etiology: Most stomach illnesses are caused by viruses and can be spread person to person by fecal-oral route. Frequent hand washing and disinfecting shared surfaces is most effective prevention strategy. ...Read more

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How do you know if you have stomach flu.?

How do you know if you have stomach flu.?

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

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What can I eat if I have the stomach flu?

What can I eat if I have the 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 to take for a stomach flu in general?

What to take for a stomach flu in general?

No meds - fluids: 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 are the usual symptoms of stomach flu?

Misnomer: This may be an infection, often a virus, characterized by diarrhea and vomiting. Repeated such episodes can often be due to bad diet. ...Read more

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What are things to eat during a stomach flu?

Gastroenteritis: 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 can I do for náusea jof the stomach flu?

What can I do for náusea jof the stomach flu?

FLU Syndrome: Nausea with other sx. Give small amounts of fluids at a time, no juice or milk. If getting worse, use anti- emetic suppository or see md. ...Read more

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Can you have the stomach flu without diarheea?

Can you have the stomach flu without diarheea?

Sure!: Oh, sure, why not? Seriously, yes, you can. Sometimes though the diarrhea follows a few days later, just to make things more special. Keep well hydrated, consider a probiotic, and keep foods simple. Consult a doc if dehydration occurs, or if vomiting isn't stopping. ...Read more

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What to do if I have stomach flu, please help!?

What to do if I have stomach flu, please help!?

Stomach flu: 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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What to eat and not eat after having stomach flu?

What to eat and not eat after having stomach flu?

Bland diet/avoid spi: Eat bland diet and avoid very sicy foods and large fatty meals and drink more fluids/water. ...Read more

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Can you describe the initial signs of the stomach flu?

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Can you describe the initial signs of the stomach flu?

Few: Vomiting. Later, abdominal pain, diarrhea, slight fever, weakness and just feeling bad. ...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