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My 4 year old just got over the stomach flu and now has a rash all over his entire body that looks like goosebumps and is itchy. What could this be?

My 4 year old just got over the stomach flu and now has a rash all over his entire body that looks like goosebumps and is itchy. What  could this be?

Most likely...: After a viral infection which seems this was the case a rash could appear. In some cases it could be itchy and you can use Benadryl (diphenhydramine) OTC to relieve symptoms of itching. If he looks sick take him to see his doctor. ...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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Is vomiting always a symptom of gastroenteritis?

Is vomiting always a symptom of gastroenteritis?

No: Many times, vomiting occurs with gastroenteritis, but not always. Abdominal pain, cramping, fever and nausea may also occur with or without vomiting. Vomiting can also be a symptom of many other conditions. It 's important to let the stomach rest before trying to drink anything and even then take only small sips at a time of room temperature liquids. ...Read more

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Gastroenteritis: fever and mild cramps only symptom, what to do?

Gastroenteritis: fever and mild cramps only symptom, what to do?

Mild gastroenteritis: Can occur. One option: 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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Child has blood on poop for a month after having gastroenteritis, how long does this symptom last?

Child has blood on poop for a month after having gastroenteritis, how long does this symptom last?

See your doctor: This is not normal. Your child needs to see their physician to be evaluated and have stool studies done. ...Read more

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What are the usual symptoms of having gastroenteritis?

What are the usual symptoms of having gastroenteritis?

Vomiting and diarhea: Most often it is caused by a virus but can be bacterial. The symptoms range from diarrhea cramping vomiting and sometimes fever. Nausea is often part of the symptoms. ...Read more

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I keep getting gastroenteritis symptoms. Is it something else?

I keep getting gastroenteritis symptoms. Is it something else?

Recuring GI symptoms: Lots of things can cause GI distress to recur--incompletely treated infection (e.g. Giardia) or re-exposure with re-infection; maldigestion (pancreatic insufficiency) or malabsorption (celiac sprue); food intolerances with re-exposure to the offending substance (lactose, sorbitol, etc.), irritable bowel syndrome, missed diagnosis (incomplete evaluation), non-gi related problems (uti, pid, etc.). ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of gastroenteritis in teens?

What are the symptoms of gastroenteritis in teens?

See below: There is no difference in the symptoms based on age. Most everyone will have vomiting and diarrhea, or diarrhea alone. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of viral gastroenteritis?

What are the symptoms of viral gastroenteritis?

Hukes and spews 2: By definition, there has to be nausea, vomiting and diarrhea. It can also include abdominal pain, cramping, occasionally fever, and occasionally blood in the vomit or stool. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of gastroenteritis from bad food?

Symptoms are...: Usually abdominal pain, vomiting and diarrhea are the usual presenting symptoms of gastroenteritis. ...Read more

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If you don't get gastroenteritis for years does the immune system become less efficient at fighting it and thus causing severe symptoms when infected?

If you don't get gastroenteritis for years does the immune system become less efficient at fighting it and thus causing severe symptoms when infected?

Consider this...: Lots of things can cause GI distress to recur--incompletely treated infection (e.g. Giardia) or re-exposure with re-infection; maldigestion (pancreatic insufficiency) or malabsorption (celiac sprue); food intolerances with re-exposure to the offending substance (lactose, sorbitol, etc.), irritable bowel syndrome, missed diagnosis (incomplete evaluation), non-gi related problems (uti, pid, etc.). ...Read more

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What are the most common symptoms of gastroenteritis?

What are the most common symptoms of gastroenteritis?

Vomiting & diarrhea: Gastroenteritis can present with diffuse or localized abdominal pain, vomiting and diarrhea. Other symptoms may include nausea, fever, and cramping. ...Read more

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Is there effective medication that will decrease gastroenteritis symptoms?

Yes: You do not specify your symptoms, but there are numerous medications available for your symptoms. ...Read more

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Can i travel with what i think is gastroenteritis I have all the symptoms but they decresed a little and I've had it for 4 days?

Gastroenteritis: If your symptoms are improving, and have almost resolved, you can travel as long as you will have access to medical help if you get worse. In general if you can avoid travel, it's best avoided.. ...Read more

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Can herbal supplements relieve gastroenteritis symptoms?

Can herbal supplements relieve gastroenteritis symptoms?

Yes: To help with diarrhea, you can drink chamomile tea, which helps calm the intestines. I would also recommend a good probiotic supplement, such as culturelle. ...Read more

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Does bacterial or viral gastroenteritis have more severe symptoms?

Gastroenteritis: Bacterial enterocolitis usually produces more severe symptoms than viral infection. ...Read more

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Aside from diarrhea and vomiting, what are the symptoms of gastroenteritis?

Many: Symptoms include abdominal cramps, poor appetite, fever, headache, irritability and tiredness. Watch out for signs of dehydration- dark urine, decreased urination, dry lips, sunken eyes. ...Read more

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But is diarrhea a required symptom of stomach flu?

But is diarrhea a required symptom of stomach flu?

Not at first: When you first get "a stomach flu bug", your gut may protest it by trying to shut down altogether. In this stage you feel the nausea and vomiting, because stuff just does not want to go through. It's usually later that the body tries to "wash out the virus" by dumping more fluids in the gut to try and wash out the virus - and then boom, diarrhea. So early on you may not poop at all. ...Read more

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What are symptoms of gastroenteritis? I have a constant turning stomach which is very painful and I feel sick and I have had diarrhoea

What are symptoms of gastroenteritis? I have a constant turning stomach which is very painful and I feel sick and I have had diarrhoea

Sx's: Gastroenteritis symptoms may include: diarrhea , nausea, vomiting, abdominal cramps/pain, headaches, muscular aches & pains as well as fever (low grade). Bloody stools are not usually associated with gastroenteritis. According to the CDC, viral gastroenteritis usually has a duration of 1 to 10 days (depending on the specific virus). The average is 1 to 3 days. ...Read more

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Can gastroenteritis cause clay coloured / grey stools in a child with no other symptoms other than slight diarrhea?

Usually not: Light grey stool can be due to blockage of bile flow. If he has jaundice (yellow eyes), especially if he's an infant, he needs to be evaluated for liver disease (biliary atresia if infant). ...Read more

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Why would gastroenteritis recur one week after complete recovery? Symptoms include cramping pain and watery diarrhea. I have been travelling in japan.

A Japanese bug...: Whenever one travels and eats in a foreign country, their are different types of bacteria, parasites and other organisms that reside normally in the residents of that land (colonization), but are foreign to foreigners. So 'trot' over to your gp, or a gastroenterologist or infectious disease doc. Tests for parasites like giardiasis, pathogenic e. Coli, tapeworm, will likely be done. Happy trails... ...Read more

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How long does a typical 4mg pill of Zofran (ondansetron) take to start working on nausea due to gastroenteritis. Taken at the onset of symptoms, before any vomiting?

How long does a typical 4mg pill of Zofran (ondansetron) take to start working on nausea due to gastroenteritis. Taken at the onset of symptoms, before any vomiting?

Typically....: It usually begins to start relieving nausea within 30-60 minutes. Hopefully, you will get relief and not begin vomitting. If it doesn't help and/or your symptoms worsen, get back in touch with your doctor. Good luck!! ...Read more

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Muscle weakness and weight loss after gastroenteritis. I have had the symptoms for 6.5 days now. I have gone from 147 pounds to 144.8 pounds. Thoughts?

Muscle weakness and weight loss after gastroenteritis. I have had the symptoms for 6.5 days now. I have gone from 147 pounds to 144.8 pounds. Thoughts?

Fluid and food: Gastroenteritis can be a very serious problem for your body to deal with. The amount of fluid lost through diarrhea in addition to the lack of intact can lead to severe dehydration. Furthermore the lack of nutrition causes the body to break down protein for energy. It takes a lot of fluid, nutrition, and rest to recover. If the symptoms do no improve I would recommend a visit to your doctor. ...Read more

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On average how long from the start of viral gastroenteritis symptoms to get to the point of the severe nausea/vomiting stage?

Symptom duration: Well there are quite a number of variables here-such as 'what virus', 'you' the patient, your condition 'before you got sick' etc. So it's hard to give a precise answer. Most of the times, it's just a day or two. If it's longer than that, then it may not be 'so simple' after all and would need professional evaluation. Dehydration, kidney damage, 'passing out', falls, muscle damage etc could result ...Read more

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My 8 week old has been projectile vomiting for a few weeks, we took him doctors to be told it was possibly gastroenteritis. It's still going so we took him hospital who checked for pyloric stenosis as all his symptoms fit. But it's also not that. They are

My 8 week old has been projectile vomiting for a few weeks, we took him doctors to be told it was possibly gastroenteritis. It's still going so we took him hospital who checked for pyloric stenosis as all his symptoms fit. But it's also not that. They are

Follow up: Continue to address the problem until you have an answer. Have his growth and particularly his weight followed to see if he is thriving. If his weight is increasing you have more time to,sort this out. If he is loosing weight then it becomes more urgent. All the best. ...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


Dr. John Chiu
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Rash (Definition)

A skin rash is a symptom in which a person has changes on part or all of his skin, such as color changes, bumps, blisters, oozing, peeling, ...Read more


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