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How Can You Tell The Difference Between Dehydration And A Stomach Virus
One can cause..: The other. A stomach virus that leads to vomiting, poor intake, diarrhea can lead to someone getting behind in fluids (dehydration). A stomach bug often comes with feeling bad, maybe fevers, stomach cramps, etc. Dehydration can be caused by lots of things besides stomach problems. Not ever stomach virus leads to dehydration, but you should take steps to prevent it anytime you have a stomach virus. ...Read more
It's generally moot: Staph food poisoning is very severe, very sudden, and very brief. Other food poisoning outbreaks will affect multiple eaters almost identically. The gastrointestinal viruses run in small outbreaks in particular seasons. The two entities are seldom distinguished s they are self-limited. Salmonella and shigella might be cultured from the stool -- infections, not poisoning. ...Read more
There are a number: of potential causative agents for food poisoning including viruses (Norovirus, Rotovirus and Hepatitis A). Food poisoning can be caused by bacteria (E.coli, Listeria monocytogenes, Shigella, Staphylococcus Aureus, C. botulinum, Clostridium perfingens, V. cholerae, C. jenui.), & toxins in food. Ciguatera in tropical fish that have eaten toxic plankton, Shellfish fed on toxic algae, Scromboid ...Read more
Throat swab: Generally speaking, it can be difficult to tell. On exam, strep causes purulent secretions and viral infections do not with exception of mono. Generally a throat swab can be pretty reliable. But a good physical exam is usually all that is needed to determine the difference between a bacterial vs. Viral throat inefection. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Poison v. flu: Most food poisoning is acute and relates to the ingestion of a spoiled or toxic food minutes to hours prior to the symptoms which mostly are gastrointestinal. Botulinum causes its own special systemic paralytic poisoning. The flu is upper respiratory causing nasal discharge, fever, coughing, sore throat and so on. It is of slow onset and worsens over a 3-4 day interval before abating. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Usually by: Its appearance, but need cultures to make sure. Treatment is different, so it is kind of important to see a doctor, who will be able to tell you which it is. Impetigo is caused by bacteria and cold sores by a virus. Cultures take few days to come back, and results might be too late for effective treatment. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Try these terms...: Simplistically, nausea is the feeling of queasiness (irrespective of meals) while indigestion is a sense of burning that may be altered by eating. HealthTap has excellent answers addressing both symptoms, and offering differentials and treatments for them. Reading those HealthTap responses may clarify the difference for you. ...Read more
Appendicitis: An upset stomach usually occurs in the epigastrium or upper mid abdomen. Appendicitis usually starts with right lower quadrant abdominal pain. It usually progresses from this area to the naval area and is accompanied by loss of appetite and sometimes fever. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Sometimes difficult: but except in very severe cases of allergy, people don't lose appetite with allergy which is also not associated with a fever. Allergy may also be seasonal. Cold is more common when school starts and in the winter, allergy in the warmer months. Cold is not relieved by antihistamine which does reduce allergic symptoms. Hope these points are helpful. ...Read more
Gas: If you are continually passing gas rectally and have no difficulty passing it, I would consider that as having excessive gas. If you have frequent abdominal bloating and are unable to pass the gas rectally, you may not be forming excessive gas, but have a problem with gas entrapment in which case drinking hot water helps break it down. Taking simethicone after meals prevents gas buildup. ...Read more
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Bladder/kidney infx: Sometimes it is impossible to tell the difference, but often the difference is in the degree of symptoms. A simple bladder infection has mostly local discomfort with urinating, an urge to void with little urine, and possibly blood in the urine. A kidney infection is more systemic, with fever, chills and sweats, and pain more in the mid back or flanks. A cat scan can sometimes show which it is. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Bacteria don't cause: Both colds and flu are caused by viruses. Flu hits like a ton of bricks--you're fine and an hour later you have a chill, then a fever and ache all over. Colds come on slower, rarely cause much of a fever or bad muscle pains. Go get a flu shot next month and you won't get a chance to find out first hand. ...Read more
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