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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
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
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
My friend and her family all had the gastro stomache flu, how long after it passes r they still contagious? Or not at all?
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
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
Everytime I get the flu/gastro I get bad indigestion pain in my back and goes to my chest. Why would that happen?
Can gastro/gastroenteritis/stomach flu cause a miscarriage even if I keep well hydrated? My daughter just brought home stomach flu from daycare!
Stomach flu: You can protect yourself by making sure you wash your hands with soap and water when you handle your daughter. ...Read more
I have been experiencing gastro internal discomfort for 11 days. Stool samples negative. My doctor - a stomach flu. 11 days? Misdiagnosis?
Having cold, neck pain body ache & gastro prob but no fever. Yesterday I was sitting infront of a person who had cold & sneezing. Hv I got swine flu?
How come the cold or flu infects my house hold at least once a year but viral gastroenteritis only infects the household once every couple of years?
Exposure risk?: First question: has everyone in your household received the flu vaccine? ...Read more
I'm on IVIG for my MG. Myth/fact...do you believe that it will also help me to avoid the flu and gastroenteritis? I sure hope so because it's bad around here
Fluid replacement: There is no "cure"for a viral gastroenteritis. The important thing is to keep up with fluid losses--usually staring with small volumes of fluid and increasing as tolerated. Food and fluid if diarrhea is the problem. If that does not work, IV fluids may be needed, or an anti-emetic, such as zofran (ondansetron). ...Read more
How to stop vomitting? How long does gastroenteritis (stomach flu) last and how to keep energized and hydrated?
Depends: If its moderate nausea then oral agents like Compazine (prochlorperazine) can be used. If even pills can't stay down rectal compazine (prochlorperazine). Once this calms the nausea use this as an oppurtunity to take in ice chips. Don't over do it. If you push too hard you will only throw up again and will progressively get more dehydrated. ...Read more
Flu on the road: Stomach flu. If you're on the road, I will assume you have access to a drug store at least for over-the-counter medications. For nausea, otc antihismanines like dramamine or Meclizine should help. For the diarrhea, otc immodium works very well. Otherwise, drink plenty of fluids, rest, and eat as much of a healthy diet as you can (you will recover faster). Tylenol (acetaminophen) for fever. ...Read more
How do viruses only effect certain systems... In other words what's to stop a flu virus from entering the stomach and causing gastroenteritis?
Viral infection: Great question. Cell tropism of individual viruses remains a mystery and major question in control of infection and development of antiviral agents. Wish I could answer this definitively but cannot. ...Read more
If the flu virus gets in the stomach, can it cause gastroenteritis instead of a respiratory illness?
No: Gastroenteritis is caused by various viruses including rotaviruses, noroviruses ; adenoviruses but is not caused by influenza virus. The term "stomach flu" is a misnomer as it had nothing to do with true influenza. Influenza can cause some GI symptoms, but, unlike gastroenteritis, influenza virus always causes respiratory symptoms like sore throat and cough. ...Read more
Can existing gastritis be irritated by gastroenteritis? Had stomach flu but now abd is sore including back and have some constipation. No appetite
Yes: But if you are experiencing other symptoms, be checked for other causes of which there are many. All the best. ...Read more
If you have stomach flu (gastroenteritis) & bacterial vaginosis at the same time can it intensify nausea & other symptoms? Day 8 of stomach flu.
No: BV does not cause any gastrointestinal symptoms. Good wishes. ...Read more
I have a stomach flu, possibly gastroenteritis (vomit, cramps, diarrhea, nausea) - is it safe to go without food for the first 24 hours?
I gave baby crocin to my son as has fever. B4 that he ate 1chikoo some milk n a biscuit. He has viral gastro....Somethin since sunday. N not eating well?
My son had croup 2 days ago. My daughter today has a high fever, no coughing, but she vomitted once. Could it be the same virus or is it totally different. Will I have both a gastro and parainfluenza going through our home?
Likely same virus: Most probably it is the same virus infection in both the children. Only one vomit does not suggest another infection. Your daughter may start coughing later on. Coughing, diarrhea and vomiting and fever are the common symptoms in respiratory viral infections. Watch your daughter for her symptoms and talk to your doctor. ...Read more
Can recurrent BV cause lightheadedness or nausea or other gastro problems if it's been happening for too long? Does PID often present wiyhout fever?
I've been quite ill recently, all different gastro bug, ovarian cysts and now lost voice and fever. Could it be stress be attacking my immune system?
It's Possible: It is possible but you also describe some varying and very real medical conditions of which can all contribute to a suppression of your immune system. ...Read more
Chills, fatigue, fever, nausea, headache. Gastro is going around could it be this despite no vomit or diarrhea? Tolerating food in small doses.
Gastroenteritis: It is possible that this is what you have, although it may just as easily be something different than what is "going around". As long as you are getting better, not becoming severely dehydrated, able to hold things down, you should resolve uneventfully. If, however, you become worse or cannot take in liquids and food would definitely go and see your family doctor. ...Read more