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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

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

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I'm 25 stomach feels weird heartburn and burping feel better when I take Pepcid (famotidine) sometime feel weak sweating loss of appetite could it be I'm a cancer or stomach flu?

It could, but..: ...the more likely, in large part, diagnosis is dyspepsia due either to GERD or gastritis--both of which will respond to acid suppression from drugs like Pepcid (famotidine). For your reassurance, simple testing is available through your doctor. ...Read more

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I've had a stomach flu and now have bad indigestion which is uncomfortable, is there anything I can take or should I just let it run it's course?

I've had a stomach flu and now have bad indigestion which is uncomfortable, is there anything I can take or should I just let it run it's course?

Probiotics: Avoid all grains and lentils, milk products for a few weeks at least. Take a good probiotic like MegaFood MegaFlora Plus, daily.
Consume plenty of fresh vegetables, flesh foods.
Get some sunshine for at least 30 min/day around noon. Alternatively you can take vit D3 5000-10000 Iu/day for expedited recovery. ...Read more

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How does the stomach flu begin?

How does the stomach flu begin?

Usually Nausea: Stomach virus may start with vague symtoms, but vomiting and nausea are most prominent symptoms over first 24-48 hrs. These is usually followed by onset of diarrhea which is typically last symptom to resolve. Fever can be part of illness first 1-3 dys. ...Read more

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How does stomach flu start?

How does stomach flu start?

GI upset: The symptoms of stomach flu (viral gastroenteritis) can include: nausea, vomiting, headache, watery bowel movements (not bloody), abdominal cramps and a low fever. ...Read more

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What to do with stomach flu?

What to do with stomach flu?

Prevent dehydration: Lots of fluids, esp fluids with salts to prevent dehydration - either oral or IV if needed.
Symptomatic management. ...Read more

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What to do about stomach flu?

What to do about stomach flu?

GI Flu: 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. If you are having frequent, chronic symptoms - it may not be due to viral infections. If this is the case, med eval would be prudent. ...Read more

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How common is the stomach flu?

How common is the stomach flu?

Quite common: It is most often communicated through contaminated water or food. ...Read more

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What to do with the stomach flu?

Nausea and Vomiting: The most important part of dealing with nausea and vomiting is avoiding dehydration. Nausea can be treated with prescription meds such as Phenergan (promethazine) or zofran. Ginger tablets can be tried as a natural remedy for nausea. High sugar drinks can make diarrhea worse. Lower sugar drinks are more quickly absorbed by body and safer. ...Read more

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Know how contagious is the stomach flu?

Know how contagious is the stomach flu?

Depends on Etiology: Most stomach illnesses are caused by viruses and can be spread person to person by fecal-oral route. Frequent hand washing and disinfecting shared surfaces is most effective prevention strategy. ...Read more

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How do you know if you have stomach flu.?

How do you know if you have stomach flu.?

Gastroenteritis: The symptoms of stomach flu (viral gastroenteritis) can include: nausea, vomiting, headache, watery bowel movements (not bloody), abdominal cramps and a low fever. Your physician can confirm diagnosis. ...Read more

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What can I eat if I have the stomach flu?

What can I eat if I have the stomach flu?

Stay hydrated: 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 to take for a stomach flu in general?

What to take for a stomach flu in general?

No meds - fluids: Lots of fluids, esp fluids with salts to prevent dehydration - either oral or IV if needed. Symptomatic management. ...Read more

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What are the usual symptoms of stomach flu?

Misnomer: This may be an infection, often a virus, characterized by diarrhea and vomiting. Repeated such episodes can often be due to bad diet. ...Read more

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What are things to eat during a stomach flu?

Gastroenteritis: Start w clear liquid like water, 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 can I do for náusea jof the stomach flu?

What can I do for náusea jof the stomach flu?

FLU Syndrome: Nausea with other sx. Give small amounts of fluids at a time, no juice or milk. If getting worse, use anti- emetic suppository or see md. ...Read more

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Can you have the stomach flu without diarheea?

Can you have the stomach flu without diarheea?

Sure!: Oh, sure, why not? Seriously, yes, you can. Sometimes though the diarrhea follows a few days later, just to make things more special. Keep well hydrated, consider a probiotic, and keep foods simple. Consult a doc if dehydration occurs, or if vomiting isn't stopping. ...Read more

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What to do if I have stomach flu, please help!?

What to do if I have stomach flu, please help!?

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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What to eat and not eat after having stomach flu?

What to eat and not eat after having stomach flu?

Bland diet/avoid spi: Eat bland diet and avoid very sicy foods and large fatty meals and drink more fluids/water. ...Read more

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Can you describe the initial signs of the stomach flu?

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Can you describe the initial signs of the stomach flu?

Few: Vomiting. Later, abdominal pain, diarrhea, slight fever, weakness and just feeling bad. ...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