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What is meant by stomach flu?

What is meant by stomach flu?

Stomach flu: This term is generally used to mean an infectious bug called gastroenteritis. ...Read more

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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Do you have to be throwing up to have the stomach flu?

No: You can have just diarrhea without vomiting or even nausea. ...Read more

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Threw up twice in one week after I had almost recovered from the stomach flu. Does this mean I'm still sick?

Threw up twice in one week after I had almost recovered from the stomach flu. Does this mean I'm still sick?

Gastroenteritis: May have left your GI tract irritated or thrown off your natural probiotics. That is why a gentle and bland diet is recommended as a transition. However, it is possible the two episodes of vomiting weren't associated with the recent bout of stomach flu. Take care. ...Read more

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Can I have the stomach flu without throwing up? Just being nauseous?

Can I have the stomach flu without throwing up? Just being nauseous?

Suspect you could: 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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Does anal mucus mean a temporary stomach flu problem, or a worse disorder?

Does anal mucus mean a temporary stomach flu problem, or a worse disorder?

Steps to take: If you have mucus in your stools. Referral for colonoscopy /sigmoidoscopy if you have rectal bleeding, nighttime abdominal pain, weight loss, anemia.If you have mucus +diarrhea-stool cultures to rule out GI infection. Lactose intolerance shd be considered to modify diet, need also to rule out celiac, ibs (inflammatory bowel disease), usually with yellow mucus. Be sure to see your doctor. ...Read more

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What does a tender abdomen after painful stomach flu mean?

What does a tender abdomen after painful stomach flu mean?

Visit to your doctor: You should not have tender abdomen, see your doctor to rule out any acute abdominal conditions are not setting in. ...Read more

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I have the stomach flu and every time I stand up I end up throwing up. Is this normal? Help!

I have the stomach flu and every time I stand up I end up throwing up. Is this normal? Help!

It can be,, : Stomach flu can cause a great deal of discomfort. People can feel a lot of irritation in their bowels but may have nothing once they go to the bathroom. When standing, sitting, or lying down, the stomach, etc. Can get very uncomfortable and vomiting can occur often. It might help to try taking time when standing or any other movements as the vowels are very sensitive. Good luck. ...Read more

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The stomach flu is going around in my area. My sister has all the symptoms except throwing up. Is that normal?

The stomach flu is going around in my area. My sister has all the symptoms except throwing up. Is that normal?

Varied responses: Different people react differently to the same pathogens. Symptoms are not universal for any disease. ...Read more

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Hi. My grandmother is 72 y old. She lost her apetite and have high temperature as well as vomiting. Does this mean stomach flu...

Hi. My grandmother is 72 y old. She lost her apetite and have high temperature as well as vomiting. Does this mean stomach flu...

High fever, vomiting: Not necessarily. She could have any number of things. Appendicitis for example. She needs to be evaluated asap. If you can't see your doctor, go to the er. ...Read more

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My sister has been throwing up for an hour now, and I think she has a stomach flu from eating chicken. What kind of medicine should I give to her?

My sister has been throwing up for an hour now, and I think she has a stomach flu from eating chicken. What kind of medicine should I give to her?

Food Poisoning: Vomiting is the body's response to food poisoning as it attempts to rid itself of the toxin or bacteria. I wouldn't suggest attempting medication at this time. Even something mild like Tylenol (acetaminophen) or Mylanta is likely to induce more vomiting at this time. Hydration is key so encouraging water in sips as tolerated may be most helpful at this time. ...Read more

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Been throwing up after catching stomach flu from coworker. When does vomiting stop, when I have expelled virus or when my body fights it off?

Been throwing up after catching stomach flu from coworker.  When does vomiting stop, when I have expelled virus or when my body fights it off?

Variable: Dianefuru, Viral gastroenteritis can cause nausea, vomiting and diarrhea. Symptoms can persist even after the viral infection has cleared due to irritation of the intestinal tract. In some cases, diarrhea can persist for weeks, although this is not usually the case. Normally the nausea and vomiting only last a few days at most. ...Read more

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Does throwing up get rid of the stomach flu faster? And if your body feels like it is going to throw up but doesn't how do you trigger the process.

Does throwing up get rid of the stomach flu faster? And if your body feels like it is going to throw up but doesn't how do you trigger the process.

No: Vomiting does not resolve a viral illness any faster however, it may make you feel better and resolve the associated nausea. I do not recommend inducing vomiting but in this case, a full glass of warm water will likely speed up the process. ...Read more

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My wife and kids have been throwing up and have diarreha off and on for the past 24-36 hours. Thinking they have some sort of stomach flu/ virus. Is there anything they can take or do? And, what can I take to ensure I don't get it? Thanks.

My wife and kids have been throwing up and have diarreha off and on for the past 24-36 hours.  Thinking they have some sort of stomach flu/ virus.  Is there anything they can take or do?  And, what can I take to ensure I don't get it?  Thanks.

Sounds like it: You're likely correct. For a stomach virus, it's important to maintain hydration (water, sports drinks) and eat a very bland diet as tolerated. Look up the "BRAT" diet. Certainly avoid dairy. As long as there's no fever, it's ok to use loperamide (Imodium) to suppress symptoms. Wash hands frequently and don't share food/glasses etc. See a doc if dehydration or 3 days without improvement. ...Read more

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Throwing up, fever of 96.6, and racing heart. Could this be the stomach flu?

Diarrhea: Yes, you may have a viral diarrhea. Stay on a fat free diet. Nothing greasy or fried. Stay on abland diet. No milk, milk products or juice. Drink electrolyte fluids to avoid dehydration. Expectthe diarrhea to last 7-10 days. ...Read more

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Can you have a fever from food poisoning? Or it is more likely this is the stomach flu? I'm throwing up and think it was lettuce I ate last night.

Can you have a fever from food poisoning? Or it is more likely this is the stomach flu? I'm throwing up and think it was lettuce I ate last night.

Yes to question: To answer your question MBanks, you can have fever with food poisoning. Lettuce has been a culprit in some food poisoning outbreaks from such bacteria as E. coli and Salmonella for example. You would also have diarrhea with these. If you develop a fever over 101.5 F, have blood in your vomit or bloody diarrhea, or have been vomiting for more than 2 days, you need to see a physician. ...Read more

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My child had bad stomach flu and her glucose blood level was 135. Can being sick make it high? Is. 135 a concern after not eating and throwing up?

My child had bad stomach flu and her glucose blood level was 135. Can being sick make it high? Is. 135 a concern after not eating and throwing up?

Normal body response: When you are sick, your body secretes certain hormones in response to the stress on the body, including steroids. This will cause a rise in the blood glucose, even if the child hasn't been eating. It is totally normal and expected. She is not diabetic and nothing to worry about. ...Read more

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My voice is hoarse and it is very painful to swallow anything after throwing up yesterday from stomach flu. What caused it how long would it last?

My voice is hoarse and it is very painful to swallow anything after throwing up yesterday from stomach flu. What caused it how long would it last?

Stomach acid: Vomiting causes the contents of the stomach to be regurgitated back up the esophagus, into the throat and mouth. The stomach contains a fair amount of acid in order to help digest food. When you vomit, this acid comes up as well, and vomiting repeatedly can irritate the esophagus and throat, which is likely what you are experiencing. Time will help but can try an anesthetic like chloraseptic too. ...Read more

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What does an itchy urethra after urinating mean if you're recently getting over stomach flu like virus? Went to the hospital and all tests were fine.

What does an itchy urethra after urinating mean if you're recently getting over stomach flu like virus? Went to the hospital and all tests were fine.

Here are some ...: Somehow, lately, the age has been eliminated from the basic profile of the questioner, which is important in considering what is happening to the patient, so resulting in higher degree of conundrum to address the related tissues. So, more specifics of your profile and clinical picture would be added and more pertinent answering could be given. Nonetheless, work with the existing Doc for better... ...Read more

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Was throwing up w/ stomach flu, broke a blood vessel in eye, now 3 days later i have a small blind/blank spot in peripheral vision of that eye? Thnx

Was throwing up w/ stomach flu, broke a blood vessel in eye, now 3 days later i have a small blind/blank spot in peripheral vision of that eye?  Thnx

Unrelated: Sounds like the broken vessel in the eye an blak spot in the peripheral vision are not related. The latter might be related to the "stomach flu".
Need to see eye doctor and check visual field and other work up. ...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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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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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. This 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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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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What can I do to treat stomach flu?

Run its course: As miserable as the stomach flu makes one feel, there is unfortunately no treatment for it. Hydration with clear liquids by mouth is paramount. If you are having fewer than 3 urinations per day, you might be dehydrated. Reasons to seek medical attention during a stomach flu episode are lack of urine output, inability to take clear liquids by mouth because of excessive vomiting, lightheadedness. ...Read more

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What can you do to help a stomach flu?

Gastroenteritis.: 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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Can the stomach flu go away on its own?

Yes: Viral Gastroenteritis usually resolves without specific treatments. ...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

Dr. Stephen Scholand
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Gastroenteritis (Definition)

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