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Is it normal to have pale and soft stools after stomach flu?

Is it normal to have pale and soft stools after stomach flu?

Yes: It will take several days to recover completely-so your stools may remain softer and lighter than normal for several days or even a week or more, and they may be more frequent than normal. ...Read more

Dr. Heidi Fowler
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After having the stomach flu is it normal to have a light and dark green lumpy stool?

After having the stomach flu is it normal to have a light and dark green lumpy stool?

Not abnormal: After having a viral syndrome affecting your digestive tract, it may take a while before your bowels return to their previous pattern. Try to be patient, and gradually increase your diet when you are feeling better. Call your doctor if you have black stools or blood in your stools. Good luck. ...Read more

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Treating the Stomach Flu (Checklist)

See a doctor if you are vomiting/stooling uncontrollably
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Hydrate yourself to keep up with your losses. Water is best.
Daily
Practice good hand washing to help prevent spread of stomach viruses
Daily
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Why would it be that my child is still having liquid stool after 48 hours of stomach flu?

Why would it be that my child is still having liquid stool after 48 hours of stomach flu?

Diarrhea : Viral gastroenteritis may last up to a week, make you your child is drinking pedialyte or other electrolyte containing drinks. Slowly and gradually the stool consistency will become normal. Brat diet can be helpful. Stop all juices. If no improvement after a week better see his doctor. ...Read more

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Treating the Stomach Flu (Checklist)

Drink plenty of clear liquids
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Rest and relax as much as you can
Once
After 24 hours, slowly increase your diet to soft foods and increase
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Azthromycin 250 mg or zpack. 99 degree fever so low grade 3 days now. Is light tan stool and a side effect. I have a stomach flu. ?

Azthromycin 250 mg or zpack.  99 degree fever so low grade 3 days now. Is light tan stool and a side effect. I have a stomach flu.  ?

Azithromycin: Cannot diagnose you definitively over the telephone, but it does not sound as if you have anything that requires treatment with an antibiotic. You do not have a fever (99F is quite normal depending on the time of day) and if you actually have influenza or a flu-like illness this is viral and antibiotics will do nothing but create the risk of complications. ...Read more

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In hosp. with stomach flu on the 8th. Lots of diarrhea. Better but still having light yellow stool. Normal for this? Gall bladder removed 1/7.

In hosp. with stomach flu on the 8th. Lots of diarrhea. Better but still having light yellow stool. Normal for this? Gall bladder removed 1/7.

Check stool: Might not be a bad idea if you still feel badly to have stool checked for infectious diarrheas. C diff among those if you have been in hospital. ...Read more

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Treating the Stomach Flu (Checklist)

Replace fluids carefully to avoid dehydration
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See doctor if symptoms persist
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Gradually add solid food back when improving
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After a few days of stomach flu, came constipation, with small amounts of watery stool, extremely painful lower abdomen cramps and acid reflux? Help?

After a few days of stomach flu, came constipation, with small amounts of watery stool, extremely painful lower abdomen cramps and acid reflux? Help?

Wait and see: It is common for stool irregularity to occur after the stomach flu for up to a month. The extremely painful cramps is unusual though. I'd see a physician in the office. ...Read more

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Stomach Flu (Definition)

Stomach flu is also known as Gastroenteritis. Typical symptoms of a "stomach flu" included vomiting and diarrhea. Another name ...Read more

Light Colored Stool (Definition)

Light colored stool is a clinical finding in which the feces are not as dark as normal, often a result ...Read more

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