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What types of foods are safe/unsafe while having the stomach flu?

What types of foods are safe/unsafe while having the stomach flu?

Stomach Flu: 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

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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Which foods/drinks are considered the best if you have the stomach flu?

Which foods/drinks are considered the best if you have the stomach flu?

Stomach flu: Start w clear liquid like water, slightly flattened soda that is clear, or sports hydration drinks. Sip, sip, sip. Work up to solids w 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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What foods can you eat when you have the stomach flu?

Stomach Flu: Start w clear liquid like water, slightly flattened soda that is clear, or sports hydration drinks. Sip, sip, sip. Work up to solids w 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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Symptoms of stomach flu vs. Symptoms from eating bad food?

Symptoms of stomach flu vs. Symptoms from eating bad food?

Sometimes the same.: With either one, you can have nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain, and diarrhea, although fever is less often due to food poisoning. If more than one person ate a specific food at the same time and both developed symptoms at about the same time, that increases the likelihood that it's food poisoning. ...Read more

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What's a good way to adjust to normal foods after stomach flu?

What's a good way to adjust to normal foods after stomach flu?

Working up w foods: 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 baby is suffering the stomach flu. What food should I give to him and what should I avoid?

My baby is suffering the stomach flu. What food should I give to him and what should I avoid?

VOMITING: How old is baby? No juice or milk. Diet depends on age. Frequent small amount of fluids like tea, 7 up or sprite, pedialyte, gatorade, jello. See your md if still sick to avoid dehydration. ...Read more

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I have stomach flu. What is a food that has natural antiviral stuff?

I have stomach flu. What is a food that has natural antiviral stuff?

Diet: If your have viral infection with stomach symptoms-drink a lot of water. Stop dairy products. Bananas, rice, apple souse, toast and tea (brat diet) will help you. ...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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My mom has the stomach flu. I have been around her and gave her fluids and food along with medication. Since I have touched her, will I get it?

My mom has the stomach flu. I have been around her and gave her fluids and food along with medication. Since I have touched her, will I get it?

Practice hand hygien: Wash hands with soap and water after the each contact, wear gloves, barrier against sputum of the patient. You can prevent or at least minimize any risk to yourself with smart hygiene protective strategy. ...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?

No: Food poisoning refers to contamination of food leading typically to diarrhea and abdominal pain. Stomach flu refers to mild viral illness with a predominance of similar symptoms of abdominal cramping and diarrhea. These may not be easily distinguished clinically. ...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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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 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

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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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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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..Hello, I have a 3 year old daughter, once a year she gets a stomach flu and this year it has already happened, last night she vomited up a small amount of food and liquid and then clear liquid with bits in it a while later, she then went to bed and slep

..Hello, I have a 3 year old daughter, once a year she gets a stomach flu and this year it has already happened, last night she vomited up a small amount of food and liquid and then clear liquid with bits in it a while later, she then went to bed and slep

Likely viral...: Your daughter is lucky that a stomach virus is not something that she has to experience often; however, there is no "limit" that is set in stone... meaning "once per year". With exposure, there is potential to become symptomatic. Things like started school/daycare tend to increase the amount of illnesses one experiences due to increased exposure. Clear fluids, rest to treat. If persists - be seen ...Read more

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I had the stomach flu for about 48 hours. I am still eating bland foods and am now experiencing constipation and gas. Is this normal?

I had the stomach flu for about 48 hours. I am still eating bland foods and am now experiencing constipation and gas. Is this normal?

Stomach flu: When recovering your intestinal motility (how your body moves things through your intestines) may be irregular. Drink plenty of water, increase fiber intake, and consider taking some yogurt with live cultures or acidophilus. ...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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While at the dentist today, the assistant told me she had food poisoning or stomach flu last night. Am I likely to get sick? She breathed all over me.

No mask?: Was she wearing a mask? If not, food poisoning? No. Stomach flu? Maybe. If I had a crystal ball and it was working, I could tell you for sure. Good luck. ...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

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


Upper Abdomen (Definition)

Draw a transverse line through the umbilicus and the upper abdomen includes every part of the belly above this line and below the ...Read more