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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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
>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
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
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
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
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
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