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Heartburn after having stomach flu, no vomiting only diarrhea, fever and aches. Tums (calcium carbonate) and organic vinager don't help. What would help the heartburn?

Heartburn after having stomach flu, no vomiting only diarrhea, fever and aches.  Tums (calcium carbonate) and organic vinager don't help.  What would help the heartburn?

Try an H2 blocker: Some people develop heartburn after a stomach flu even without vomiting, because the stomach flu may have caused gastroesophageal reflux, and irritation to the esophagus. I suggest try famotidine 20mg twice a day or ranitidine 150mg twice a day, both are over the counter. In addition, avoid alcohol, caffeine, cigarettes, large meals, and fatty meals. Also, Gaviscon tabs are a wonderful antacid. ...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


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Is it common to have heartburn after having the stomach flu?

Is it common to have heartburn after having the stomach flu?

Yes: It often takes a while after recovering from gastroenteritis for your intestinal tract to return to its normal balance. If your symptoms persist, it would be wise to check with your doctor then. ...Read more

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Can a person get heartburn after a episode os stomach flu? Did not having any vomiting during flu so no esphogus irritation. Tum & vinigar no help

Yes, it's possible : This can happen if you have had a cold, and your nutritional status is reduced, and if you had any alcohol, or other irritants to your stomach. Also if you're not hydrating well, or eating spicy foods, or anything else challenging your digestion, you can easily have heartburn occurring. Digestion is temporarily affected by the stomach flu, so make sure that you are taking probiotics to rebuild your system. ...Read more

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My GERD was under control with Prilosec. Three days after the stomach flu hit it's awful again. Is there a connection?

My GERD was under control with Prilosec. Three days after the stomach flu hit it's awful again. Is there a connection?

Give it some time.: A "stomach flu" can be accompanied by nausea, vomiting and "heartburn" that can mimic your usual GERD, and it can be so relentless that your Prilosec is simply not helping right now. It's doubtful that this stomach flu in the short term would have worsened your GERD for the long term. Give it a few more days and hopefully you'll start feeling better in this regard. ...Read more

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Bad heartburn turned into stomach flu. What do you suggest?

Bad heartburn turned into stomach flu. What do you suggest?

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

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My hubby is having some very bad heartburn after a bout with the stomach flu, he has tried Tums and zantac, (ranitidine) nothing is working. What else can we do?

My hubby is having some very bad heartburn after a bout with the stomach flu, he has tried Tums and zantac, (ranitidine) nothing is working. What else can we do?

Try omeprazole: He can try a stronger acg suppressor likw omeparazole 20 mgm available over the counter or brand name zegrid once a day, till his symptoms have resolved, and avoid very fatty meals, citrus fruit juices, tomatoes, mint, alcohol, and too much caffeine. ...Read more

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Have had stomach flu for 5 days. No vomiting but everything else. Should I take PPI to counter BAD heartburn or is acid needed to fight infection?

Have had stomach flu for 5 days. No vomiting but everything else. Should I take PPI to counter BAD heartburn or is acid needed to fight infection?

PPI's take: to long to be effective. Try taking OTC H-2 Blocker (eg PEPCID (famotidine) AC) plus a liquid antacid but AVOID MAGNESIUM (eg Maalox) this may cause diarrhea! Hope this helps BTW Acid does NOT fight the infection! ...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


Dr. Charles Cattano
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Heartburn (Definition)

A painful burning sensation in the esophagus, just below or behind the breastbone. The pain often rises in your chest and may radiate to ...Read more