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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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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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Treating the Stomach Flu (Checklist)

See a doctor if you are vomiting/stooling uncontrollably
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Hydrate yourself to keep up with your losses. Water is best.
Daily
Practice good hand washing to help prevent spread of stomach viruses
Daily
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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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Treating Constipation (Checklist)

Increase hydration
Daily
Increase fiber intake
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Avoid constipating foods
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Try to establish routine for timing of bowel movements
Once
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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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Is constipation a sign of the stomach flu?

Is constipation a sign of the stomach flu?

Not usually: Nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, abdominal cramping, headache, fever, and chills are normal symptoms. ...Read more

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Preventing the Flu (Checklist)

Get plenty of sleep
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Avoid contact with sick people
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Avoid touching your face before washing your hands
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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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