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How would I know if my child has food poisoning vs. Stomach flu?

How would I know if my child has food poisoning vs. Stomach flu?

Very tough: Unless you know the suspected food and are able to test it, or there is an outbreak with an epidemiological analysis it may be very hard to determine the source of self-limited nausea, vomiting, diarrhea. On the other hand if your child has fever, other symptoms outside the GI tract, they probably have a viral illness, although not necessarily influenza. ...Read more

Dr. Wm. Marcus Spurlock
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Poisoning (Definition)

Toxic ingestion (also called "poisoning") is a condition in which a person has eaten or drank a substance that causes ill symptoms or damage to his body. Taking an overdose of a medicine, taking any dose of a poison, drinking too much vodka, or accidentally drinking antifreeze . . . are all ...Read more


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Food poisoning or stomach flu, how to tell?

Food poisoning or stomach flu, how to tell?

Usually in...: Retrospect. Food poisoning will affect multiple people, but only those who ate the same food. Gastroenteritis will hit multiple people, going from one to the other. Food poisoning is usually not passed from person-to-person. ...Read more

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Are food poisoning and stomach flu the same thing?

Are food poisoning and stomach flu the same thing?

Not really: Stomach flu is related to viruses that can be transmitted by eating contaminated food or water or personal contact with other people who are ill. Foodborne illness ( food poisoning is another term for this) occurs as a direct result of ingesting contaminated food or fluids. Toxins are produced by the parasites, viruses or bacteria, . ...Read more

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How can I tell if I have food poisoning or a stomach flu?

How can I tell if I have food poisoning or a stomach flu?

Difficult : If you have an obvious risky food exposure with other sick contacts then food posioning would be more likely. Otherwise very difficult to differentiate the two. ...Read more

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What's the difference between the stomach flu and food poisoning?

What's the difference between the stomach flu and food poisoning?

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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What would you do to decide if you have the stomach flu or food poisoning?

What would you do to decide if you have the stomach flu or food poisoning?

Difficult: Both have almost the same symptoms. In food poisoning, the symptoms start few hours after eating causative food. ...Read more

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I want to know what is the difference between stomach flu and food poisoning?

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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Stomach trouble that maybe food poisoning or stomach flu. How to tell for sure?

Stomach trouble that maybe food poisoning or stomach flu. How to tell for sure?

Food poisoning / flu: Food poisoning & 'stomach flu' both irritate the stomach lining & produce similar symptoms. Initial treatment is the same - primarily hydration. Drink clear liquids for the first 24 hours, rest and avoid eating regular food until regular liquids and soft bland foods are tolerated. If significant fever, weakness , dehydration of blood occur, or if symptoms persist, should see a doctor. ...Read more

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How often would expat get the stomach flu as opposed to food poisoning in china?

How often would expat get the stomach flu as opposed to food poisoning in china?

No idea: I do not imagine the actual frequency of "food poisoning" in china is known, but the term is so vague that it could refer to any of several dozen conditions. Viruses which affect the GI tract are extremely common, including influenza, which may produce GI symptoms. My guess is that this would be far more common than illnesses transmitted through food, but have no data to support that opinion. ...Read more

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How does a doctor diagnose food poisoning or stomach flu?

How does a doctor diagnose food poisoning or stomach flu?

Symptoms: It is often obvious by the history and the symptoms. The flu usually lasts longer. Food poisoning is usually short lived. Both need rest and hydration. ...Read more

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Had stomach flu or food poisoning last tues but felt fine during the wkend. This morning nasea, cold sweat and now bouts of vertigo! what's going on?

Had stomach flu or food poisoning last tues but felt fine during the wkend. This morning nasea, cold sweat and now bouts of vertigo! what's going on?

Monday illnesses?: It sounds like your symptoms need medical evaluation. They may or may not be related to each other, but your next step would be seeing your doctor. Be well. ...Read more

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I ate a little bit of tuna salad last night and i'm still burping it up tonight. Is that normal with food poisoning or stomach flu? What should I do?

I ate a little bit of tuna salad last night and i'm still burping it up tonight. Is that normal with food poisoning or stomach flu? What should I do?

No burping does not: No burping is not a sign of food poisoning.Burping is caused by excess air in your stomach, you can try over the counter semithicone which may help with burping and if associated with esophageal reflux you can take Omeprazole or Prevacid (lansoprazole) to neutralize the acid. ...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 several 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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How can I tell if I had food poisoning or the stomach flu? Also can I reinfect myself ? (I didn't take any antibiotics)

How can I tell if I had food poisoning or the stomach flu? Also can I reinfect myself ? (I didn't take any antibiotics)

Gastroenteritis: You usually don't reinfect yourself with the same bug. I don't know exactly what you mean by stomach flu but most gastroenteritis resolve on their own, we just have to make sure that we stay well hydrated during the episode. If diarrhea persists for a long period of time or if there is fever or blood, make sure to consult with your doctor. ...Read more

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I have food poisoning or the stomach flu. I woke up at 1 am puking and have continued to have diarrhea and puke up bile. Stomach hurts a lot. ?

I have food poisoning or the stomach flu. I woke up at 1 am puking and have continued to have diarrhea and puke up bile. Stomach hurts a lot. ?

Could be either: Food poisoning or stomach flu can hit all of a sudden. The key is to get enough fluid down to adequately replace losses. Some electrolyte (lightly salted snack or gatorade) important too. Both can resolve quickly, stomach flu a bit longer. If dizzy and can't keep liquids down, then go to ER. ...Read more

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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


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