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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
You may be: Dizzy especially when you sit or stand, you may notice that you are urinating less and your mouth can feel dry. Read more
I had a stomach virus for a week. Had IV fluids but I am still dizzy all the time. Could I still be dehydrated?
Possibly: If you're thirsty, or if you feel as if you have a hangover, you may very well still be dehydrated. Your tongue should be moist and shiny. Your urine should be pale yellow, even clear, if you're well hydrated. Drink water, juices, even sport drinks, and minimize soft drinks, tea, coffee, and, of course, alcohol. If this is not your situation, see your doctor. Good luck. 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
I think I have a mild case of food poisoning, what is the difference between food poisoning and a stomach virus and how long does it lasy?
Cannot predict: Telling the difference between these may be nearly impossible. Both should resolve quickly and should disappear within several days. Hope you are better soon. Read more
Varies: Time of recovery usually depends on virus and takes days to weeks. You can be contagious from a few days to two weeks, depending on which virus is causing your stomach flu (gastroenteritis). Severe dehydration can occur which needs supplemented fluids sometimes intravenous therapy and hospitalization. Read more
Symptoms overlap: Some times it is hard to tell. I generally assume that a fever over 101 in an infant or 100 in an adult likely represents an infectious process rather than a food toxin. However, there are some that don't have much fever during an illness & some folks that run moderate temperatures when faced with the stress of a food toxin, or running around the block for that matter. Read more
Unclear question: Do you have any symptoms?Get a more detailed answer ›
Heat: Warm bath, whirlpool, heating pad.Get a more detailed answer ›
When nausea gone: When the nausea has resolved.Get a more detailed answer ›
Went to ER for what I was told was a stomach virus. I feel like I'm burning up and horrible. Fever was 99. How can they tell me this is not a fever?
Fever definition: A fever is not an elevation of temperature. Although there is some variation 100.3 to 100.6 seems to be the definition of fever. It does not depend on your "normal" temperature. Although you can treat elevations of temperature and fever with the available anti-fever medications. The most important thing is to determine 1) the cause of the temperature elevation and 2) the response to meds. Read more
Puking yellow stuff: Puking yellow stuff after taking medcine may be from the medcine itself. But if you have too much acid in your stomach then too you may throw up yellow unpleasant stuff. Is it is only yellow liquid or you throw up food with it as well? You should see your docotr. Read more
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