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How To Treat Stomach Flu
The flu, otherwise known as influenza, is a viral infection of the nose and throat. Symptoms of influenza include fever, chills, runny nose, muscle aches, fatigue, malaise, headaches, and coughing. Children with the flu often have nausea and vomiting as well. Some strains of the flu are preventable by getting a yearly flu ...Read more
If a person becomes: Seriously dehydrated they may need intravenous hydration. Start with clear liquid like water, soda that is clear, or sports hydration drinks. Sip, sip, sip. 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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Is neuropathy associated with guilain barre syndrome treatable and if so, how do I treat it and relieve the painful symptoms? My neurosurgeon just informed me that I have g.B.S. And had it since may 2011 following a stomach flu i had 2 weeks before my sym
Your : Your case presents a few dilemmas. Gbs is a group of autoimmune diseases targeted at the peripheral nerves and causing acute progressive weakness, usually an ascending paralysis. The history usually entails the following: â€¢upper respiratory or diarrheal disease within previous 1â€“3 weeks in 50â€“70%: c. Jejuni (~40%), cytomegalovirus (13%), epstein-barr virus (10%), mycoplasma pneumoniae (5%), or hiv â€¢dysesthesias (painful tingling), paresthesias (tingling) of the feet and hands are usually the earliest symptoms. â€¢pain is common- especially back pain which can radiate to the legs and not usually associated with myalgias (muscle pain). â€¢gait disorder common in all age groups- this is the most common presentation in children â€¢neck muscle weakness, dysphagia, and dysarthria are predictors of respiratory failure. The physical exam frequently reveals the following: â€¢acute, symmetric, and usually ascending weakness of limbs within days of dysesthesias â€¢areflexia (no reflexes) or hyporeflexia( reduced reflexes) and muscle weakness, decreased position and vibratory sensation â€¢respiratory muscle paralysis 30% if untreated â€¢cranial nerve involvement <50%; usually facial weakness, 10â€“20% ophthalmoparesis (loss of eye movement) â€¢dysautonomia (abnormal autonomic nervous system responses) (50%): labile blood pressure, arrhythmias, ileus (paralysis of bowel function), urinary retention; â€¢miller-fisher variant: ophthalmoplegia, ataxia, areflexia important lab tests â€¢csf: elevated protein and normal white blood cells (wbcs; albuminocytologic dissociation) are characteristic with a normal opening pressure. â€¢emg: this shows a pattern of demyelination with prolonged latencies and a reduced motor compound action potential. The medications usually used are one or more of the following: â€¢immune globulin (ivig) â€¢plasmapheresis or plasma exchange most patients reach the plateau phase within 3 weeks of admission, and muscle strength is expected to improve. The prognosis is: â€¢complete recovery: 50% â€¢some residual disability: 45% â€¢severe permanent disability: 5% hence, the dilemma as you report no improvement and in fact worsening. Furthermore, a lesion within the spinal cord (myelopathy) can present with similar symptoms as the ones you provide. A few pertinent questions to help discern the cause would include whether you have had a lumbar puncture and EMG and what did these results show? I hope this answers your questions. Good luck and well wishes. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
Gastroenteritis: Start with clear liquid like water, soda that is clear, or sports hydration drinks. Sip, sip, sip. 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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
Diet and planning: Hi hbj. Assuming you are a type I, you know immediate treatment is dietary glucose. Longer term, you will develop an understanding of the glycemic index of your diet, and choose accordingly. More exercise, more food. And if you are 'brittle', you may do better on a different insulin mix, and perhaps a pump. Consult with a diabetologist that your own md can refer you to. good luck. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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?
On Monday I was treated for dehydration due to a stomach flu but ever since I've been having anxiety attacks is that normal??
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