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Could the flu cause stomach upset and diarrhea?

Could the flu cause stomach upset and diarrhea?

Yes: The influenza virus certainly can cause both respiratory and GI symptoms. Viral infections can only be treated symptomatically and hopefully, your immune system with resolve this problem. ...Read more

Dr. Oscar Novick
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Loose Stools (Definition)

Loose stools is a symptom in which a person's stool (poop) does not hold its shape after it goes into the toilet. Instead of remaining a shaped piece of poop, the poop spreads out in the toilet bowl water. Very loose stool is called diarrhea. Loose stool can be caused by infections, certain foods or drinks, ...Read more


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After getting a rotten egg taste in my mouth, a few hours later I am sick with flu like systoms, nause, vomiting and diarrhea, what is the cause?

After getting a rotten egg taste in my mouth, a few hours later I am sick with flu like systoms, nause, vomiting and diarrhea, what is the cause?

Intestinal bugs: There are intestinal sulphate-reducing bacteria that produce hydrogen sulfide, and this is the likely source of the rotten-eggs taste you complain about. Some evidence suggests sulfer-rich diets (dairy, eggs, dried fruits, certain vegetables) increase growth of these organisms. Hope that helps. ...Read more

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Could nasal/phlegm drainage or too much spicy food or candy cause me to have flu symptoms like diarrhea/fatigue/upset stomach/headache/etc.?

Could nasal/phlegm drainage or too much spicy food or candy cause me to have flu symptoms like diarrhea/fatigue/upset stomach/headache/etc.?

No: The flu is caused by the influenza virus. You catch it from others via infected oral or nasal secretions. If you are immunosuppressed, stressed, or overtired, these things may predispose you to a viral infection. Food and the other things that you mentioned should not predispose you to the flu virus. You can have symptoms that seem like the flu and unrelated due to things you eat. ...Read more

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To calm severe stomach flu-5 doses of kaopectate (kaolin and pectin) and three capletes of anti diarrhea med cause black stool?

To calm severe stomach flu-5 doses of kaopectate (kaolin and pectin) and three capletes of anti diarrhea med cause black stool?

Yes: The active ingredient in kaopectate--bismuth subsalicylate--turns stool a dark color. It can turn green or black and can persist a few days after stopping the medicine. If the black color lasts beyond three days after the medicine or is very dark or tarry (blood can cuase this change), see a doctor. ...Read more

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I have the flu and have clear diarrhea?

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I have the flu and have clear diarrhea?

May be associated: Some variants of flu have associated gastrointestinal symptoms, such as nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea. This may all be related. ...Read more

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Is it normal to get diarrhea with the flu?

Flu: Flu symptoms include fever, cough or sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, headaches or body aches, chills, fatigue, nausea/vomiting and/or diarrhea most common in children. ...Read more

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After a week of the flu, I'm not better and have developed a New symptom: diarrhea. What can I do?

After a week of the flu, I'm not better and have developed a New symptom: diarrhea. What can I do?

Question the flu dx: IF you really HAD the flu, it isn't causing your diarrhea now. As long as your stools aren't bloody, you don't have a fever and your abdominal pain is minor after an episode of diarrhea, just keep orally hydrated and eat smart. Avoid caffeine, milk and fatty/fried/greasy foods. And eat bananas, steamed rice, apple sauce, lean protein and toast [a little jelly is okay, but no butter]. ...Read more

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What is to be used for female child of age 2yrs having flu and sporadic diarrhea for the last 1 month?

What is to be used for female child of age 2yrs having flu and sporadic diarrhea for the last 1 month?

Tamiflu (oseltamivir) can be used: You can use Tamiflu (oseltamivir) to shorten the duration of the illness if she is still within 48hr window of her illness. Otherwise just let it run the course -usually 5-7days to get over influenza. Sporadic diarrhea of a 2 yr toddler, if otherwise still has good appetite and no weight loss is reassuring. Maybe sure you don't give her too much juice, that can cause loose bowl too. ...Read more

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How long could diarrhea usually last when one has the flu?

Gastroenteritis: According to the cdc, viral gastroenteritis usually has a duration of one to ten days (depending on the specific virus). ...Read more

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Flu-like symptoms along with diarrhea that won't stop, what to do?

Sx relief: 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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My 66-yr-old dad was diagnosed w/ flu 6 days ago. Only able to eat popsicles, temp around 101 & up. Seems to have diarrhea. Is this normal for flu????

My 66-yr-old dad was diagnosed w/ flu 6 days ago. Only able to eat popsicles, temp around 101 & up. Seems to have diarrhea. Is this normal for flu????

DEHYDRATION: The flu can last 3-14dys, but if diarrhea has developed and feverish persistent I would take him to the ER. Have labs checked and CXR to rule out secondary pneumonia. If the doctor gave him antibiotics he should also have stool checked for Cdiff. Better to be safe and have him get ER eval or rapid PCP visit. ...Read more

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Diarrhea then nausea and feel like passing out. Is this the flu?

Diarrhea then nausea and feel like passing out. Is this the flu?

Flu: Those are not specific symptoms. Flu is a viral lung infection so unlikely you have influenza. You could have a GI virus but again the symptoms aren't deficit. ...Read more

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Is it common to be constipated after having diarrhea from the flu?

Is it common to be constipated after having diarrhea from the flu?

Yes not unusual: Yes it is not unusual and normal stools will return soon, if you are on regular diet. ...Read more

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Diarrhea (Definition)

Diarrhea = increased frequency of stools which ...Read more