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How do you treat a stomach virus?

How do you treat a stomach virus?

Treat symptoms only: Viral infections of the intestinal tract are almost always self-limiting. It is important, however, to not become dehydrated. Maintain a high fluid intake, treat nausea and vomiting and diarrhea with agents your doctor can provide. If you are not able to keep things down by mouth you may need intravenous fluids to maintain adequate blood volume, and if you are in doubt about this, see M.D. ...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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How do doctors determine if it's salmonella or a stomach virus?

How do doctors determine if it's salmonella or a stomach virus?

Sicker with Salmonel: It may be difficult in some cases without stoo; culture.But patients with salmonella are usually sicker, may have high fever and more frequent watery stools which may contain blood/mucus as compared to stomach virus.But some stomach virus may give you similar symptoms and you need a stool culture to differentiate between the two. ...Read more

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What do you recommend to recover from a stomach virus?

What do you recommend to recover from a stomach virus?

Fluids and rest: Plenty of fluids, and lots of rest. It has to run its course. Fluids high in vitamins and minerals, such as homemade chicken soup. The broth is concentrated with all the good mineral and vitamins and elements you need to help you get better. ...Read more

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Do I have the stomach virus or food poisoning? How to tell>

Do I have the stomach virus or food poisoning? How to tell>

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

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How do you know if you have a stomach ulcer, and how do you treat it, if so?

How do you know if you have a stomach ulcer, and how do you treat it, if so?

See your doctor : Your doctor can test you for H. Pylori. This is a bacteria found to be responsible for peptic ulcer disease. If positive, medication can be prescribed by your doctor. After you are examined and a careful history obtained, your doctor may order additional tests. See your doctor to be properly diagnosed and treated. Best wishes! ...Read more

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How do you treat the coxsackie virus? How long does it take to clear up?

Coxsackie virus: You cannot treat infection with this enterovirus, and how long it takes to clear up depends upon the strain of virus, your immune status, the type of infection you experienced and other factors. You seem to not be communicating with the doctor who is evaluating you. Talk with them. Good luck and hope you are better soon. ...Read more

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What do you do for a stomach virus, no vomiting just Diarrhea? And how long do they last? Thank you!

What do you do for a stomach virus, no vomiting just Diarrhea? And how long do they last? Thank you!

Viral: A viral intestinal infection usually resolves within several days to a week. The only treatment needed for the diarrhea is rest, good fluid intake(not too hot or too cold), avoidance of harsh roughage and taking kaopectate (kaolin and pectin) as needed to control diarrhea. If diarrhea persists much longer, then stool culture should be done to check for pathogenic bacteria and parasites especially if you've travelled ...Read more

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How do you get rid of a virus?

How do you get rid of a virus?

Give It Time: I'm assuming you're asking about a minor viral respiratory illness, like the common cold, etc. There are many such viruses and there is nothing we can do, once you are infected, to directly attack the virus itself. There are medications to improve symptoms, like fever, aches, etc. But antibiotics have no effect (unless you also have a bacterial infection too). Body will heal by itself most times. ...Read more

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What can you do to treat the stomach flu?

What can you do to treat the stomach flu?

Hydration: A viral infection of the stomach and intestines needs to run its course. The most important thing to do is to keep oneself hydrated by drinking frequent sips of clear liquids. Chicken broth, electrolyte containing sport drinks, flat ginger ale all help with hydration. Watch your urine output -- three times per day is the minimum. ...Read more

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How can you get rid of cold sores fast? Does it have anything to do with what you eat?

How can you get rid of cold sores fast?
Does it have anything to do with what you eat?

Get it treated: It is a virus and probably has nothing to do with food. If it is treated early, some of the damage will be avoided. See a doctor asap for medication other wise it will be there for a couple of weeks. Best wishes, . ...Read more

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What is megalo virus and how do you contract it?

It is : A herpes virus and can be dormant for years. Most common area the salivary glands. Most people get it at a young age some at birth. See webmd or google megalo virus for in depth information. ...Read more

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What to do about a stomach virus?

What to do about a stomach virus?

See your doctor: Problems like these can only be correctly handled by your doctor in person. He/she needs to listen to you, perform an examination and possibly run labs or other tests. That's the only way he/she can find out what's going on and what to do about it. ...Read more

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How do you know if its from overeating or a virus? Vomiting often

How do you know if its from overeating or a virus? Vomiting often

>FewDays,MayBBulimia: Bulimia potential effects include significant damage to physical, emotional, mental, and life. Risks: protein insufficiency, electrolyte imbalance, fatigue, heart attack, stomach ulcers, tears in the esophagus from stomach acid, acid damaged teeth, severe constipation, slowed thinking, depression, loss of freedom in life, isolation, and shame. It is an addiction. Seek help! you can get well! ...Read more

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How long does it really take for you to get rid of a stomach flu?

How long does it really take for you to get rid of a stomach flu?

3-5 days: Assuming you have a true viral gastroenteritis usually 3- 5 days. If any blood in stool or vomit call your doctors immediately. ...Read more

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Can you tell me how to treat a stomach ache?

Can you tell me how to treat a stomach ache?

Must Diagnose First: I'm afraid that we are unable to treat what we haven't diagnosed. There are many different causes of abdominal pain, each with different ways to treat. If your pain is persistent, severe, associated w/high fever+/-vomiting, you should seek hands-on medical attention. We can then sort out the cause and get you well. Good luck. ...Read more

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Can you let me know how many stomach viruses does a person get per year?

No answer: There is no clear answer because everybody and every year is different. This year happens to be a particularly bad year for this. ...Read more

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What can I do to treat the flu without getting a flu shot?

What can I do to treat the flu without getting a flu shot?

Influenza: The flu shot will not help you get rid of flu once you have it. It is used in preventing you catching the flu strain for this year. Once you are diagnosed with influenza, your doctor may put you on tamiflu (oseltamivir) to reduce duration, but otherwise treatment is supportive care - hydration and controlling fevers (grandma's chicken noodle soup!). ...Read more

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How can you cure a stomach ulcer?

How can you cure a stomach ulcer?

PPI's and avoidance: Ulcers if bleeding can be treated if they are cauterized during endoscopy. But basic way to treat ulcer is with meds called ppi's- this is nexium, protonix, dexilant, (dexlansoprazole) prevacid, prilosec...Etc. This keeps the acid down and allows ulcer time to heal. Avoiding things that make ulcer worse also helps-like alcohol, nsaids or Aspirin or steroids or smoking etc. If assoc w h.Pylori-treating this helps. ...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


Virus (Definition)

A virus is a small infectious agent that can replicate only inside the living cells of an organism. Viruses can infect all types of organisms, from animals and plants ...Read more