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Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Flu (Definition)

The flu, otherwise known as influenza, is a viral infection of the nose and throat. Symptoms of influenza include fever, chills, runny nose, muscle aches, fatigue, malaise, headaches, and coughing. Children with the flu often have nausea and vomiting as well. Some strains of the flu are preventable by getting a yearly flu ...Read more


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How to know you are completely well from gastro flu ?

How to know you are completely well from gastro flu ?

Symptoms : You can often gauge this based on your symptoms. Everybody's recovery is different but in general when you have stopped vomiting and stools have returned to normal with the ability to eat then you have recovered. Bloating and gas may be a problem with eating in the recovery phase. ...Read more

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I have had severe vomiting, and acidic diarrhea, fatigue, fever of up to 100.9 all day yesterday and last night. Not fully gone yet. Gastro/flu?

I have had severe vomiting, and acidic diarrhea, fatigue, fever of up to 100.9 all day yesterday and last night. Not fully gone yet. Gastro/flu?

That's possible: Go slow as you are healing. Start with clear liquid like water, soda that is clear, or sports hydration drinks. Sip, sip, sip. 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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2 year old had bad gastro flu a month ago, poor appetite since, stomach pains, now diarrhea again, headaches and low grade temp a Month later ! Why?

2 year old had bad gastro flu a month ago, poor appetite since, stomach pains, now diarrhea again, headaches and low grade temp a Month later ! Why?

Lots of causes: Infection, malabsorption, lactose intolerance, there is even an entity called toddler's diarrhea. Until you get to a doctor and get it sorted out, avoid sweetened beverages like juice and sports drinks. Avoid foods with high fructose corn syrup. They act as laxatives. Fiber supplements can bulk up the stool. Increase fat in diet with items like whole milk or peanut butter can decrease diarrhea. ...Read more

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My friend and her family all had the gastro stomache flu, how long after it passes r they still contagious? Or not at all?

Let me explain: It depends on which virus is causing your stomach flu. With norovirus, the most common you’re contagious from the moment you begin to feel ill. Although you typically feel better after a day or two, you’re contagious for at least three days after you’ve recovered. ...Read more

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Had gastro stomach flu since Monday..past 2 days I've had very frequent diarrheal bowel movements with nothing but liquid..what to do? Anti diarrheal?

Had gastro stomach flu since Monday..past 2 days I've had very frequent diarrheal bowel movements with nothing but liquid..what to do? Anti diarrheal?

It would be OK: to try Immodium as directed on the package. If you notice blood in your stool, or start vomiting uncontrollably, call your doctor. Hope this helps! ...Read more

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I came down with the gastro stomach flu Monday night(throwing up, nausea, cramping) since then, only diarrhea..can I kiss my gf when I c her Saturday?

I came down with the gastro stomach flu Monday night(throwing up, nausea, cramping) since then, only diarrhea..can I kiss my gf when I c her Saturday?

Yes: If you are not having fevers anymore, you are most likely not contagious. The diarrhea is probably just residual from the infection. That being said, be sure to let your girlfriend know so that she can be aware of the (small) risk of getting it. Hope this helps! ...Read more

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Can the flu/gastro cause svere body aches and bad pounding headache?

Can the flu/gastro cause svere body aches and bad pounding headache?

Yes: Any viral illness has the potential to cause bodily aches and pounding headache when there is an associated fever. ...Read more

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Dr. Stephen Scholand
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