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Dr. Heidi Fowler
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What's the difference between Stomach flu & Stomach Virus/Bug?

Dr. Heidi Fowler
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What's the difference between Stomach flu & Stomach Virus/Bug?

Gastroenteritis: These are layman's terms for viral gastroenteritis. ...Read more

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Dr. Stephen Scholand
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Gastroenteritis (Definition)

Gastroenteritis is 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 fluids to prevent dehydration. The more severe cases end up in a hospital for ...Read more


Dr. Venkata Vallury
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How to tell the difference between salmonella and a stomach flu?

Dr. Venkata Vallury
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How to tell the difference between salmonella and a stomach flu?

Diarrhea: the only way to differentiate is by doing stool culture, usually salmonella the stool contains mucus and blood where as viral diarrhea is just watery. ...Read more

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Dr. Susan Uhrich
Board Certified, Psychiatry
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Is there a difference between stomach flu nausea and anxiety nausea?

Dr. Susan Uhrich
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31 years in practice
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Is there a difference between stomach flu nausea and anxiety nausea?

Yes.: The cause is different. The feeling, however, is the same. ...Read more

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Dr. Christopher Calendine
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What's the difference between the norwalk virus and the stomach flu?

Dr. Christopher Calendine
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What's the difference between the norwalk virus and the stomach flu?

Sometimes None: Norwalk virus causes symtoms that most would classify as "stomach flu". They can include nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, abdominal pain, muscle aches, headache, tiredness and low-grade fever. Lasts 24- 48 hrs (longer in kids) usually resolving on its own. There are no known long- term effects after recovery from this infection. Importance is to stay well-hydrated and treat symptoms. ...Read more

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Dr. Gurmukh Singh
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I want to know what is the difference between stomach flu and food poisoning?

Dr. Gurmukh Singh
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I want to know what is the difference between stomach flu and food poisoning?

Stomach flu is one: Type of food poisoning. There are multiple causes of food poisoning and each has different manifestations. Please see this site for more info. http://www.webmd.com/food-recipes/food-poisoning/food-poisoning. ...Read more

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Dr. George Valdez
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What's the difference between the stomach flu and food poisoning?

Dr. George Valdez
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Depends: They both are general terms to describe one of many infections, but basically stomach flu is a viral illness that lasts for a few days. Food poising is usually bacterial, more severe, and more dangerous. ...Read more

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Dr. PAUL EUN
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How do u tell the difference between morning sickness & stomach flu? I have no vomit or diarrhea. Just have abdominal pain, nausea, headache, fatigue.

Dr. PAUL EUN
Board Certified, Obstetrics and Gynecology
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Can be tricky: With morning sickness, one genrally doesn't experience abdominal pain or diarrhea although severe retching can cause abdominal discomfort. Stomch flu will generally last only a few days. ...Read more

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Dr. Ronda Alexander
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Stomach flu or sinus infection, how does one tell the difference?

Dr. Ronda Alexander
Board Certified, ENT and Head and Neck Surgery
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Stomach flu or sinus infection, how does one tell the difference?

Location: Stomach flu includes GI distress with diarrhea, vomiting or both. Sinusitis is a sinonasal disorder with inflammation, facial pain and discolored nasal drainage. ...Read more

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Dr. Alan Levine
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What can I do to cure gastroenteritis (my stomach flu)?

Dr. Alan Levine
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What can I do to cure gastroenteritis (my stomach flu)?

Fluid replacement: There is no "cure"for a viral gastroenteritis. The important thing is to keep up with fluid losses--usually staring with small volumes of fluid and increasing as tolerated. Food and fluid if diarrhea is the problem. If that does not work, IV fluids may be needed, or an anti-emetic, such as zofran. ...Read more

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
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What are common causes of gastroenteritis (stomach flu)?

Dr. Heidi Fowler
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What are common causes of gastroenteritis (stomach flu)?
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Flu (Definition)

Flu is also known as Influenza. Influenza (the "flu") is a contagious respiratory viral illness that can cause mild to severe illness including death. There is treatment available to decrease symptoms, but it is better to prevent the flu is by getting ...Read more


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Stomach Flu (Definition)

Stomach flu is also known as Gastroenteritis. Stomach flu, also called gastroenteritis, is a condition of inflammation of the stomach and intestines leading to nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea that is caused by a bacterial or viral infection ...Read more


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