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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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Is there a stomach flu that causes constipation?

Is there a stomach flu that causes constipation?

Constipation follows: When you have stomach flu, you are treated with clear liquids and diet is gradually increased and due to lack od solid food in your diet, it may cause constipation till one start eating solid food. ...Read more

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Hi. I recently just met with a stomach flu 2 days ago, and now im better. But now im having constipation. Why is this so?

Hi. I recently just met with a stomach flu 2 days ago, and now im better. But now im having constipation. Why is this so?

Normal: It's common for patients to go "the other way". After diarrhea your body can get constipated and then it will go back to normal. Increase your fiber intake. ...Read more

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Does chronic constipation get better or worse after a bout with stomach flu?

Does chronic constipation get better or worse after a bout with stomach flu?

Depends: Alternating constipation and diarrhea are common today. "stomach flu" is a meaningless term by itself. The answer most probably is poor diet because I have seen this kind of thing many times. ...Read more

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I had the stomach flu for about 48 hours. I am still eating bland foods and am now experiencing constipation and gas. Is this normal?

I had the stomach flu for about 48 hours. I am still eating bland foods and am now experiencing constipation and gas. Is this normal?

Stomach flu: When recovering your intestinal motility (how your body moves things through your intestines) may be irregular. Drink plenty of water, increase fiber intake, and consider taking some yogurt with live cultures or acidophilus. ...Read more

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After a few days of stomach flu, came constipation, with small amounts of watery stool, extremely painful lower abdomen cramps and acid reflux? Help?

After a few days of stomach flu, came constipation, with small amounts of watery stool, extremely painful lower abdomen cramps and acid reflux? Help?

Wait and see: It is common for stool irregularity to occur after the stomach flu for up to a month. The extremely painful cramps is unusual though. I'd see a physician in the office. ...Read more

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Really constipated and bloated after a bad day and a half of stomach flu, Thursday, it's now sat, nothin? Only had tea lemon fruit? And mostly water

Really constipated and bloated after a bad day and a half of stomach flu, Thursday, it's now sat, nothin? Only had tea lemon fruit? And mostly water

Diarrhea yesterday?: Did you have diarrhea? If so and if you have not been eating, you simply do not have any stool to pass. If your stomach is better, you should have a plain baked potato with applesauce or plain rice with applesauce. Continue drinking clear fluids till tomorrow, then if better, increase our diet slowly to your routine in next 2 days. Careful hand washing, as most diarrhea issues can be contagiou ...Read more

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Recently, I've been stressed, tired and constipated. When I did poop the color is yellowish, but now its dark green. Is this a sign of stomach flu?

Recently, I've been stressed, tired and constipated. When I did poop the color is yellowish, but now its dark green. Is this a sign of stomach flu?

No: Many things cause constipation. Stress is one. Get lots of rest, drink lots of water, eat fruit and if needed get miralax (polyethylene glycol). It is safe and effective over several days. Stomach flu makes you feel sick. If you are feeling well stool color is not important unless you see blood. That requires immediate investigation. You may need stress management if you can't manage on your own. Read up on it. ...Read more

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Is it normal to have repeatedly alternating bouts of diarrhea and constipation when you have stomach flu

Is it normal to have repeatedly alternating bouts of diarrhea and constipation when you have stomach flu

Is this chronic: "stomach flu" is an acute short lived illness. If these symptoms are ongoing for weeks, you may have a more serious problem, which needs a work up. ...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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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 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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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