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How To Get Rid Of Stomach Flu Fast
Supportive care: Since stomach flu (viral gastroenteritis) is a virus, there's nothing that kills it. However, taking electrolyte-rich fluids, a bland low-sugar/high fat diet, and rest helps with the symptoms and keeps you hydrated. Probiotics also help your intestines recover. I hope you feel better soon! ...Read more
Nothing: It is a viral infection and must run its course. Can treat symptoms (nausea / diarrhea / muscle aches / fever) to be less miserable. Try to remain hydrated to keep up with fluid losses. Can use chewable anti-nausea medicine for help (like dramamine (dimenhydrinate) / bonine / etc.). See dr if vomiting to point cannot keep liquids down, lightheaded, or bad abdominal pains. ...Read more
Be gentle w yourself: Start with clear liquid like water, soda that is clear, or sports hydration drinks. Sip often to prevent dehydration. Work up to solids with bland foods like bananas, rice, applesauce, toast, gelatin, or chicken. Avoid alcohol, nicotine, caffeine, dairy & high fat foods. Rest. ...Read more
Easy: Take Prilosec 20 mg at night for 2 weeks. ...Read more
Yes: Whether you vomit or not has nothing to due with developing resistance to this infection and clearing it from your body. ...Read more
I have a bad migraine and I can't get rid of it I tried every single thing how can I get rid of it? I have the stomach flu too.
How can I get rid of acid reflux after the stomachflu? I got over a weeklong bout w stomach flu and now I have horrible acid reflux! Is this normal?
I breastfeed my 9 month old and I have severe diarreha and nausea, what can I take to get rid of this stomach flu?
Ideally - nothing: Usually acute gastroenteritis presenting as diarrhea and nausea is of viral etiology and resolves by itself over 48-72 hrs. Antibiotics do not help- you should however maintain hydration, especially as you are breast feeding- you can eat bananas, soft rice- these are binding. Yogurt is also good- avoid fruit juices in diarrhea as the high sugar content can make the diarrhea worse. ...Read more
Does throwing up get rid of the stomach flu faster? And if your body feels like it is going to throw up but doesn't how do you trigger the process.
No: Vomiting does not resolve a viral illness any faster however, it may make you feel better and resolve the associated nausea. I do not recommend inducing vomiting but in this case, a full glass of warm water will likely speed up the process. ...Read more
I have had the flu virus, pneumonia, strep throat, and now the stomach flu all within a two month period. Should I be worried that I cant get rid of t?
More history: Is this a new development? If you have had bouts of pneumonia or sinusitis regularly in the past, you need to have an immune evaluation (allergist). Otherwise you need to just wait and see if this is a recurrent pattern. The stomach "flu" may or may not related to your immune system however. ...Read more
Wash your hands: The viruses that cause stomach bugs are spread by contact and enter the body through your mouth, nose, or eyes. The best thing is to wash your hands well with soap and water. And do not rub your eyes or nose or touch your mouth with unwashed hands. Viruses also can travel in food or drinks. No sharing cups or food. Many viruses are contagious before symptoms, so looking well is no guarantee. ...Read more
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 be > ...Read more
Prevention: Wash your hands well for at least 20 seconds often. Don’t touch your nose, eyes or mouth without clean hands. Don’t share the same cups, forks or spoons. Use disinfectants on solid surfaces. Bring sanitizer with you when you are out. Try to avoid contact with people who are sick. ...Read more
Not much...: All you can do is wash hands frequently, avoid others who are known to have it, etc. Once you have it, im not aware of anything you can do to prevent it. See your doctor for medications to help you through it, though. ...Read more
How do I prevent myself from having stomach flu if my roommate and boyfriend both have 24 hr stomach flu?
Stay away: Avoid contact with both until, their symptoms clear for 24 hrs. Wash your hands frequently when you restart contactt. ...Read more
Gastroenteritis: Start w clear liquid like water, slightly flattened soda that is clear, or sports hydration drinks. Sip, sip, sip. Work up to solids w bland foods like bananas, rice, applesauce, toast, gelatin, or chicken. Avoid alcohol, nicotine, caffeine, dairy & high fat foods. Rest. ...Read more
To avoid stomach: Flu: Wash your hands before touching your eyes, nose or mouth. Wash w/ 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. ...Read more
Gastroenteritis: Stomach flu can be transmitted by eating infected food or liquids or through contact w an infected person. Wash your hands well for at least 20 seconds often. Don’t touch your nose, eyes or mouth without clean hands. Don’t share the same cups, forks or spoons. Use disinfectants on solid surfaces. Bring sanitizer with you when you are out. Try to avoid contact with people who are sick. ...Read more
I have a severe fear of the stomach flu. This time if year I am constantly scared. What can I do to prevent/treat it?
More info needed: It's difficult to offer advise in this case as the symptoms involved are not clear. The above drug is used to treat nausea and vomiting after chemo or radiation. Of note is the drugs side effects which can be mild (diarrhea, constipation) to severe (hallucinations, coma) and drug interaction with other drugs (anti-epileptics or TB drugs). Its best to see your physician for further assessment. ...Read more
Stomach flu: They may help but there are not good studies to confirm that. ...Read more
I'm on IVIG once every 4 wks, 2 Zofran (ondansetron) daily. These are because of my MG. NOW household has respitory & stomach flu. Possible meds will "prevent" me?
I'm coming back from being sick with a respiratory bug to an office full of people who have the stomach flu. How can I prevent getting sick with this?
Avoidance is best.: Of course good hygiene practice. A natural approach I have see includes the following: Vit. C 4 gm/d, Vit. D 50, 000 IU for 5 days and then drop to 5000 IU daily, and Homeopahtics for viruses. ...Read more
Possibly: Any hand washing and hygiene can help prevent the spread of any contact disease. ...Read more
Your Immune System: Most stomach illness are caused by viruses that your body's immune system will fight off. The "out of your" system philosophy may come from advice by medical professionals not to treat diarrhea aggressivley. This recommendation is not made because the diarrhea "gets it out of your system" but rather because of side effects of some of those anti-diarrhea medicines. ...Read more
Yes: There are a number of different strains. ...Read more
Don't know of virus.:
Zoonoses effecting dogs that can be directly or indirectly transmitted to humans & that involve the GI tract of one or the other include: Salmonellosis (bacteria), Giardiasis
(intestinal protozoa), Strongyloidiasis (parasite) & Campylobacter enteritis (bacteria). Don't know of any intestinal
flu that is transmitted between dog & human. ...Read more
Viral recurrence: A variety of viruses can cause GI (stomach) illness, so while you may have better immunity against the virus that made you sick over the summer, it doesn't make you immune to all such viruses. Following safe food practices, washing hands, and keeping distance from those who appear sick will help, but it is not possible to protect 100% against such illnesses. ...Read more