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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.

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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.

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Could a stomach flu cause you to have black stool?

Could a stomach flu cause you to have black stool?

No: The most common causes of black stool are peptobismol (or similar medications), iron supplements, and gastrointestinal bleeding. If you haven't been taking peptobismol or iron and your stool is black (often tarry), you should see a doctor right away.

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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.

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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.

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Stomach flu 2 days ago vomiting and dieherra only took gravol I stopped getting symptoms but now have dark stools could it be from gravol or flu?

Stomach flu 2 days ago vomiting and dieherra only took gravol I stopped getting symptoms but now have dark stools could it be from gravol or flu?

Several possibilitie: Dark stool is usually not a symptom of a GI virus. If the stool is black or dark red in color and has a foul odor, it could be a sign of G.I. bleeding. If this is the case, seek help immediately. Although Gravol does not cause dark stools, several G.I. medications can, including Pepto-Bismol or bismuth- containing medications. If it persists, you should see your doctor. Good luck.

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Diagnosed with stomach flu on Monday haven't thrown up or had stool since Thursday can I eat normally now? Fries, pickles, chips, etc...

Diagnosed with stomach flu on Monday haven't thrown up or had stool since Thursday can I eat normally now? Fries, pickles, chips, etc...

I don't recommend it: If you are recovering from "stomach flu" and are starting to feel hungry again, no vomiting or diarrhea, it's fine to start adding solids to your diet, however I would take it easy af first. Try something bland, low in fat, and easy to digest (chicken noodle soup, crackers, toast etc) before trying anything oily, fried, or spicy! Your digestive system is recovering, you don't want to shock it! :)

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I recently had the stomach flu and had blood in stool. Went to ER said it will go away. I still see spots of blood in stool. Its been 7 days. Normal?

I recently had the stomach flu and had blood in stool. Went to ER said it will go away. I still see spots of blood in stool. Its been 7 days. Normal?

Not normal: It is never normal to have blood in your stools. That said, it doesn't mean it has to be due to something serious as hemorrhoids are both common & a common cause of blood in stool. Blood in the stool should be evaluated. If bright red or maroon then a lower GI tract scope (colonoscopy, sigmoidoscopy, proctoscopy) is first step. If black bloody stool then upper scope indicated. See a GI doctor.

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What to do if I have severe gas, bloating, and yellow stools after having a stomach flu a couple of days ago is this normal?

What to do if I have severe gas, bloating, and yellow stools after having a stomach flu a couple of days ago is this normal?

Altered gut flora: When you have an infection, like the flu, it can change the mix of bacteria that normally live in your colon. That can give you gas, bloating and change the color of your stools. A few days of yogurt and normal diet should straighten things out.

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I have had diyahhera nausea and feces smelling burps for the past 24 hours. Could anyone tell me if this is just the stomach flu?

I have had diyahhera nausea and feces smelling burps for the past 24 hours. Could anyone tell me if this is just the stomach flu?

Maybe not.: If your breath smells like feces, this could mean that you have something more serious than a stomach virus, like a partial obstruction. If you are taking Imodium (loperamide) stop it! This can cause your intestines to stop working temporarily if you do have a virus and cause symptoms like an obstruction. See a doc today and get checked. If you have fever, or abdominal pain, an ER is the best bet.

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Been feeling sick for 4 days now. Had some mild stomach cramps, flu like symptoms. Today for the the first time I had pale clay like stool.

Been feeling sick for 4 days now. Had some mild stomach cramps, flu like symptoms. Today for the the first time I had pale clay like stool.

Pale Stool.: Pale stool suggests bile is not being delivered to small intestine. May be seen with variety of issues. But with other symptoms I am concerned about hepatitis. If this persists, you develop right upper quadrant abdominal pain or your contacts develop similar symptoms see your doc right away. If this does not occur again I would not worry. Until then avoid acetaminopen and alcohol.

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I am having issues with bloating and mild stomach pain/ cramping and light colored stool?

I am having issues with bloating and mild stomach pain/ cramping and light colored stool?

Maybe IBS, but...: The GI tract has a very limited # of symptoms to signal its distress--nausea/vomiting, diarrhea/constipation, bloating, pain, fullness, bleeding, etc. As you know, many of these characterize ibs, but are also seen with inflammatory, infectious, ischemic, malabsorptive, and functional disorders. Directed lab work, imaging, biopsies, stool studies are appropriate in excluding non-ibs pathology.

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My 3 year old has had pale/light colored stool for 3 days, watery to very loose. No recent diet change; still active; no fever; no other symptoms?

My 3 year old has had pale/light colored stool for 3 days, watery to very loose. No recent diet change; still active; no fever; no other symptoms?

Toddler' diarrhea: This is most like a harmless process called toddler's diarrhea. There are frequently several watery stools per day with frequent bits of undigested food. If the pale color persists, or the condition worsens, you will want to have your child checked by a primary care provider.

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I had a cold and stomach flu over last weeks now nausea all night stomach cramping gas difficult bm pale tongue period due this weekend on bc?

I had a cold and stomach flu over last weeks now nausea all night stomach cramping gas difficult bm pale tongue period due this weekend on bc?

Exam: Please make an appointment to be examined. I would also suggest tests for anemia (CBC) and an ultrasound of your abdomen in conjunction with a physical exam.

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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

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: •upper respiratory or diarrheal disease within previous 1–3 weeks in 50–70%: c. Jejuni (~40%), cytomegalovirus (13%), epstein-barr virus (10%), mycoplasma pneumoniae (5%), or hiv •dysesthesias (painful tingling), paresthesias (tingling) of the feet and hands are usually the earliest symptoms. •pain is common- especially back pain which can radiate to the legs and not usually associated with myalgias (muscle pain). •gait disorder common in all age groups- this is the most common presentation in children •neck muscle weakness, dysphagia, and dysarthria are predictors of respiratory failure. The physical exam frequently reveals the following: •acute, symmetric, and usually ascending weakness of limbs within days of dysesthesias •areflexia (no reflexes) or hyporeflexia (reduced reflexes) and muscle weakness, decreased position and vibratory sensation •respiratory muscle paralysis 30% if untreated •cranial nerve involvement <50%; usually facial weakness, 10–20% ophthalmoparesis (loss of eye movement) •dysautonomia (abnormal autonomic nervous system responses) (50%): labile blood pressure, arrhythmias, ileus (paralysis of bowel function), urinary retention; •miller-fisher variant: ophthalmoplegia, ataxia, areflexia important lab tests •csf: elevated protein and normal white blood cells (wbcs; albuminocytologic dissociation) are characteristic with a normal opening pressure. •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: •immune globulin (ivig) •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: •complete recovery: 50% •some residual disability: 45% •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.

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