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How to get rid of stomach flu fast?

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

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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What can I do to get rid of stomach flu?

What can I do to get rid of stomach flu?

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

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How can you get rid of the stomach flu?

How can you get rid of the stomach flu?

Wait: There is no cure for the viruses that cause gastroenteritis (stomach flu). The most important thing for you is to keep yourself well hydrated during the time it takes for your body to clear the virus. ...Read more

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What should be done to get rid of the stomach flu?

What should be done to get rid of the stomach flu?

Go GI Gently: Start with clear liquid like water, soda that is clear, or sports hydration drinks. 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

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Which the quickest way to get rid of a stomach flu?

Which the quickest way to get rid of a stomach flu?

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

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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 get rid of the stomach flu without vomiting?

Can you get rid of the stomach flu without vomiting?

Yes: Whether you vomit or not has nothing to due with developing resistance to this infection and clearing it from your body. ...Read more

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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.

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.

Migraine: Not clear what you tired, you may need prescription medication for both prophylaxis and during an acute episode based on how often and how bad your problems are. Stomach flu probably self limiting, keep yourself well hydrated. ...Read more

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I breastfeed my 9 month old and I have severe diarreha and nausea, what can I take to get rid of this stomach flu?

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

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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.

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

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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?

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

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How do I prevent getting the stomach flu?

No guarantee: Best chance for prevention is get a flu shot, stay away from anyone who may have it, use disinfectant often. ...Read more

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How do I prevent getting the "stomach flu"?

How do I prevent getting the "stomach flu"?

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

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What is the simplest way to prevent against the stomach flu?

What is the simplest way to prevent against the stomach flu?

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

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Anyone know what is a simple way to cure or prevent the stomach flu?

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

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How to prevent the stomach flu when you feel like you've already caught it?

How to prevent the stomach flu when you feel like you've already caught it?

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

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How do I prevent myself from having stomach flu if my roommate and boyfriend both have 24 hr stomach flu?

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

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Stomach flu treatment?

Stomach flu treatment?

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

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Can you prevent getting the stomach flu if you have already been exposed to norovirus?

Can you prevent getting the stomach flu if you have already been exposed to norovirus?

No: Stomach flu is usually a layman term for viral enteritis, which may be because of multiple other viruses other than norovirus.
Norovirus does not even provide full immunity against itself. ...Read more

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Can you tell me how to prevent the stomach flu in college?

Can you tell me how to prevent the stomach flu in college?

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

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How can I prevent the stomach flu if my twin sister has it?

How can I prevent the stomach flu if my twin sister has it?

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

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Will taking Zofran (ondansetron) help prevent the stomach flu going around here bad!

NO: Zofran (ondansetron) is simply for the naseau associated with the viral gastroeneteritis (stomach flu), and will not prevent the illness. ...Read more

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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 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?

Influenza/Rx: Tamiflu is one option if the members of your family have influenza virus. If they have another virus, one of the members may have a respiratory DFA panel from a nasal swab to determine if they have a respiratory virus which may be more serious if you catch it from them. ...Read more

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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

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Will using anti-bacterical alcohol hand gel prevent me from getting the stomach flu?

Will using anti-bacterical alcohol hand gel prevent me from getting the stomach flu?

Possibly: Any hand washing and hygiene can help prevent the spread of any contact disease. ...Read more

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My daughter has the stomach flu and after 24 hours is still experiencing stomach pain. What non medical treatment can I give her?

Stomach Flu Pain: She may do will with children's tylenol (acetaminophen) or advil or alternately use both of them. If she can keep fluids down please don't forget to keep her well hydrated. If she gets a fever and has stomach pain she needs to be seen urgently. ...Read more

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How to get the stomach flu out of your system?

How to get the stomach flu out of your system?

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

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Could I really get the stomach flu from a dog?

Could I really get the stomach flu from a dog?

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

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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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My boyfriend was sick with the stomach flu about 3-4 days ago, and has been fine since. When I saw him today I kissed him. Should I get sick?

My boyfriend was sick with the stomach flu about 3-4 days ago, and has been fine since. When I saw him today I kissed him. Should I get sick?

Pretty unlikely: Infection requires exposure - if the boyfriend is shedding active infectious agents - and susceptibility which means your body if exposed has to have lowered resistance so the organism can take hold The situation you describe is very low risk. ...Read more

Dr. Stephen Scholand
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Gastroenteritis (Definition)

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