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How To Get The Stomach Flu
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Influenza: F you have the flu hydrate well w water, herbal teas, soup or juice. Drink sufficiently to have pale to light yellow urine. You can use pain relievers like tylenol (acetaminophen) or nsaid’s. Rest a lot! in some situations antiviral medications (tamiflu, relenza, flumadine) may be prescribed within the first couple of days of symptoms to hasten healing or they can be used after flu exposure to prevent illness. ...Read more
Homeopathy: If you are talking about true influrnza, nothing gets rid of it quickly. The most reliable treatment is about 50 grams of vit c given IV but few docs offer this. Sambucol, an elderberry extract, is proven to help. Avoid tamiflu- barely helps, serious side effects! my favorite treatment is homeopathy- the right remedy can be magic! for help finding it see: http://www.Flusolution.Net/remedies.Htm. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
If you have the Flu: hydrate well w water, herbal teas, soup or juice. Drink sufficiently to have pale to light yellow urine. You can use pain relievers like Tylenol (acetaminophen) or NSAID’s. Rest A LOT! In some situations antiviral medications (Tamiflu, Relenza, Flumadine) may be prescribed w/n first couple of days of sx’s to hasten healing or they can be used after flu exposure to prevent illness. ...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
Yes: Whether you vomit or not has nothing to due with developing resistance to this infection and clearing it from your body. ...Read more
Time: Time hydration antinausea and anticramping medications pepto bismol (bismuth subsalicylate) apple pectin and peppermint oil may help. The critical importance of fluid fluids fluids can't be minimized. The otc medication "complete relief" will help as well. It is very contagious btw! ...Read more
3-5 days: 3-5 days, usually.Get a more detailed answer ›
No!: No, the flu shot is a dead vaccination and not able to pass infection. There is no live virus there to cause infection and therefore zero percent chance of this occuring. The nasal flu vaccine, on the other hand, is a live virus vaccine. However, it is engineered to die at body temperature and therefore not able to cause significant illness. It may cause runny nose and congestion but not full flu. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
No: No. The flu shot does not always work so you may end up getting the flu despite getting the vaccine. Also the flu shot does not prevent you from getting a really bad cold. But the flu shot does help reduce your chances of getting the flu which at best is a miserable illness to have and at worst can result in hospitalization or death. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Avoid the virus: Good handwashing and prevent exposure to people who are ill. ...Read more
Influenza: If you have flu and test positive for it, and symptoms are within 2 days of seeing your doctor, your doctor can prescribe tamiflu, (oseltamivir) an antiviral that shortens the duration of illness. If you have had your symptoms for longer, time will heal. Rest and drink plenty of fluids. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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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