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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 long does it take to get the stomach flu after being exposed to it?

How long does it take to get the stomach flu after being exposed to it?

Depends: Norovirus is the most common viral cause of "stomach flu" or gastroenteritis. Exposure can result in illness within 24 hours. Other causes of gastroenteritis like bacteria can take several days. Handwashing and food safety can help prevent spread of illnesses like these. Thanks for trusting HealthTap! ...Read more

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How long does it take to become sick after being exposed to the stomach flu. it's been almost 4 days and I haven't caught it yet but worried ?

How long does it take to become sick after being exposed to the stomach flu. it's been almost 4 days and I haven't caught it yet but worried ?

Faster than that: Food-borne illness hits hard and fast, anywhere from 30 minutes after a contaminated meal with certain bacterial toxins from killed bacteria to a day or two if there are live pathologic bacteria present in the food. longer periods without symptoms would be unusual. ...Read more

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How long can a stomach flu last after catching it?

How long can a stomach flu last after catching it?

See below: Most of the time your symptoms will resole within a week. However, I have seen diarrhea from a viral gastroenteritis last for 6 weeks. ...Read more

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How long would the normal stomach flu take to develop in your system and start showing symptoms.?

6--10 days: The "incubation period" for most common gastrointestinal viral illnesses is 6-10 days. Cerain viruses, such as hepatitis a and b viruses, can take up to 6 months from infection to onset of symptoms. ...Read more

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Please tell me how long it takes for to get over the stomach flu?

Please tell me how long it takes for to get over the stomach flu?

Stomach Flu: According to the cdc, viral gastroenteritis usually has a duration of one to ten days (depending on the specific virus). ...Read more

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How long would it take until you arent contagious from the stomach flu?

How long would it take until you arent contagious from the stomach flu?

Stomach flu: There are many different viruses that cause stomach flu. How long you are contagious is determined but which of the viruses you have. ...Read more

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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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Is it possible to catch the 'stomach flu' from someone?

Is it possible to catch the 'stomach flu' from someone?

See below: Usually transmission is by direct contact with the virus itself via direct contact with the person or something which the affected person was in contact with recently. Occasionally, theoretically, respiratory droplets from the person could infect others as well. ...Read more

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Can I catch the stomach flu from being around a baby that wasn't sick until the next day after I played with him?

Can I catch the stomach flu from being around a baby that wasn't sick until the next day after I played with him?

Maybe: Incubation period of infection (probably viral) can cause shedding of virus (contagious) before actual outbreak of symptoms. Always good to wash hands, don't eat from infant's plate. ...Read more

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Can we take packet soups during stomach flu.

Can we take packet soups during stomach flu.

Yes: When having the stomach flu, you should take in plenty of fluid to replace losses. Even when sick, we can still absorb fluids from our stomach and intestine, so keep pushing the fluids. If you can tolerate the soup, go ahead and drink it. ...Read more

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If everyone in my family has it, how do I avoid catching the stomach flu?

Avoid Stomach Flu: > Wash your hands before touching your eyes, nose or mouth. Wash wi warm water & soap for 20 seconds. Hand-sanitizer doesn't kill Norovirus. Use paper towel to turn off faucet & open door when exiting a public restroom. Antiseptic wipes can be used on doorknobs, keyboards & other surfaces if diluted bleach is not available. Wash dishes in dishwasher (vice hand-washing). Clean clothes which may > ...Read more

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How long is the stomach flu contagious?

How long is the stomach flu contagious?

Depends: The contagious period from oral secretions often begins just before the first fever untill fever has been gone 24hr. The germ may be found in the stool for another 4-6 wks. ...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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How long can the stomach flu last in kids?

Longer in Kids: Acute gastroenteritis symptoms typically last longer in younger children. Avoid high sugar drinks and encourage complex carbohydrate foods while your child has diarrhea. ...Read more

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On average, how long will a stomach flu last?

On average, how long will a stomach flu last?

Depends: Some viral infections last 24 hours, others 1 week. Sometimes the virus is cleared, but symptoms linger at a lower intensity and frequency for weeks to months. Symptoms lasting longer than 2 to 4 weeks should be evaluated by a health care provider. ...Read more

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Help please? How long does a stomach flu last?

That depends....: According to the cdc, viral gastroenteritis usually has a duration of 1 to 10 days (depending on the specific virus). ...Read more

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How long can the stomach flu last and not hurt you?

How long can the stomach flu last and not hurt you?

A few days or more: Most stomach viruses last a few days. A few such as rota virus can last a week or longer. Regardless of duration, if a stomach virus makes you dehydrated that can hurt you. And if you are vomiting green bile, or blood, or have bloody diarrhea, or severe stomach pains, you should see a doctor right away. ...Read more

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How long before i can eat normally after the stomach flu?

Start slow: Stay hydrated at first with clear liquids for 18-24 hours, than slowly start to increase your diet with soft foods (brat diet), and then slowly increase your diet to more solid foods over the next 24-48 hours as tolerable. Best wishes. ...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


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