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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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I was diagnosed with gastroenteritis and the doctor did not give me medicine. Why?

Usually resolves: Without medications. 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

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I have gastroenteritis on the road. I have an old prescription for ciprofloxacin. Should I take expired medicine?

I have gastroenteritis on the road. I have an old prescription for ciprofloxacin. Should I take expired medicine?

Don't treat yourself: Most gastroenteritis is viral and won't get better with antibiotics. Some forms of gastroenteritis can actually get worse with antibiotics. I don't recommend treating yourself with ciprofloxacin, expired or otherwise. ...Read more

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What medicines are like Zofran (ondansetron) meaning prevent vomiting not only from chemo but also from gastroenteritis but prescription not needed in order to buy?

What medicines are like Zofran (ondansetron) meaning prevent vomiting not only from chemo but also from gastroenteritis but prescription not needed in order to buy?

Not many good ones.: Most good anti-vomiting drugs require a prescription in the U.S. Zofran definitely requires one. For diarrhea and stomach upset from gastroenteritis, try Pepto Bismol or Kaopectate. Some of the antihistamines like Benadryl (diphenhydramine) or Dramamine can also help with nausea. For severe nausea and vomiting, call a doctor or clinic for a prescription. ...Read more

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I think I have a stomach flu, what medicines should I take to ease the pain?

I think I have a stomach flu, what medicines should I take to ease the pain?

Going it alone?: If you don't want a Dr and Rx, ask a pharmacist to recommend OTC items that address your specific symptoms. W/out a Dr's Dx, it might not be a flu but another type of GI upset. It could be worth a visit to see. Some will spread to others in your home - think it over. Best! ...Read more

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Ivan I take an anti dihareeal medicine for stomach flu or nothing at all?

Ivan I take an anti dihareeal medicine for stomach flu or nothing at all?

Yes: You can take otc antidiarrheal medication to alleviate the nausea and vomiting and diarrhea associated with acute gastroenteritis, but only if these symptoms are proving disturbing. If you can tolerate them it is ok to do nothing. ...Read more

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Are you supposed to give any medicine to a child with the stomach flu?

Are you supposed to give any medicine to a child with the stomach flu?

Zofran (ondansetron) tablets to ch: Zofran (ondansetron) tablets may be prescribed to children over 2 years of age with severe vomiting. Otherwise with no vomiting and no evidence of dehydration, they only needs lots of clear liquids. ...Read more

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Is there any medicine that I can take to feel better with the stomach flu?

Is there any medicine that I can take to feel better with the stomach flu?

Rest is best: Resting and drinking plenty of fluid is best. Flu is viral, there are no medications to cure the flu. If your are not vomiting take plenty of small sips of clear liquid, take tyelenol for body aches. If your symptoms also involve upper respiratory symptoms then see your doctor to check if you have influenza. If seen with early symptoms you can get a prescription for medicine to shorten duration. ...Read more

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Does nausea medicine always work for nausea caused from stomach "flu" bug? Nothing has helped the nausea yet. I get it on and off through the day.

Does nausea medicine always work for nausea caused from stomach "flu" bug? Nothing has helped the nausea yet. I get it on and off through the day.

It should: There are many types of nausea medicines. You may want to check with your doctor to see if something else should be tried. ...Read more

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My sister has been throwing up for an hour now, and I think she has a stomach flu from eating chicken. What kind of medicine should I give to her?

My sister has been throwing up for an hour now, and I think she has a stomach flu from eating chicken. What kind of medicine should I give to her?

Food Poisoning: Vomiting is the body's response to food poisoning as it attempts to rid itself of the toxin or bacteria. I wouldn't suggest attempting medication at this time. Even something mild like Tylenol (acetaminophen) or Mylanta is likely to induce more vomiting at this time. Hydration is key so encouraging water in sips as tolerated may be most helpful at this time. ...Read more

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What is gastroenteritis?

What is gastroenteritis?

Gastroenteritis: Gastroenteritis is a condition in which there is a combination of nausea, vomiting, diarrhoea and abdominal pain. It can be caused by a variety of viral, bacterial and parasitic pathogens. The causative agent for most cases of gastroenteritis is never isolated and the responsible agent never diagnosed.
http://patient. Info/doctor/gastroenteritis-in-adults-and-older-children ...Read more

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What is gastroenteritis?

Is the fancy name: For "stomach flu". It's an infection, usually viral that results in vomiting or diarrhea. ...Read more

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Can sex spread gastroenteritis?

Usually Yes.: Any exchange of body fluid can potentially increase one's risk for an infection. If either you or your partner is sick, I would advise to take a break until everyone is better. ...Read more

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Can you die from gastroenteritis?

Yes: Rotavirus group a is the leading cause of viral gastroenteritis worldwide. It causes a dehydrating diarrhea in infants and young children. More than a half-million infants and young children worldwide die of rotavirus gastroenteritis each year (parashar et al, 2009). Fatalities from viral gastroenteritis are more likely to occur in those at the extremes of age or the immunocompromised. ...Read more

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What causes gastroenteritis usually?

What causes gastroenteritis usually?

Germ invasion: The gut viruses are spread through saliva & end up on a variety of surfaces like door knobs or shopping carts & live for hours or days. The average adult will pass germs from their contaminated fingers to their face or mouth several times per hour. These germs invade the lining of your gut & cause symptoms. Some bacteria can enter the same way & cause the same sx. Frequent handwasing can reduce this. ...Read more

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Do a lot of people get gastroenteritis?

Yes: It is a common illness caused by a virus that has no specific cure. Fortunately, gastroenteritis is self-limited and resolves without specific treatment. Treatment is supportive and symptom directed. ...Read more

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How long does gastroenteritis usually last?

Depends on the cause: But given the fact that the majority of all gastroenteritis cases are caused by viruses, in someone with a healthy immune system, viral gastroenteritis usually lasts somewhere between 4-10 days. Bacterial and toxin-mediated illness can be longer or shorter, depending on the cause. ...Read more

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How to know if I still have gastroenteritis?

Symptoms: The symptoms of Stomach Flu (Viral Gastroenteritis) can include: nausea, vomiting, headache, watery bowel movements (not bloody), abdominal cramps and a low fever.
According to the CDC, viral gastroenteritis usually has a duration of one to ten days (depending on the specific virus). ...Read more

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What people are at risk for gastroenteritis?

Gastro: Gastroenteritis is usually caused by a virus and just like the flu is transmitted from person to person. Unlike the flu, it is usually transmitted by poor hand hygeine. It can come in waves on certain communities and during certain tomes of year (spring/summer). Anyone can get gastroenteritis - prevention with good hand washing and food storage is key. ...Read more

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Ok I've got gastroenteritis. What should I do?

Fluid: Stay well hydrated, control nausea and get some bed rest until symptoms have improved. This seldom lasts more than a day or two, and if it stays longer see your doctor. Drink plenty of fluids and if you cannot keep things down - see your doctor. ...Read more

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What to eat when suffering from gastroenteritis?

What to eat when suffering from gastroenteritis?

Bland diet: Take it easy and try to have a bland diet - banana, rice, toast, and plenty of fluid. ...Read more

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How can my cooking give my friend gastroenteritis?

Bad cooking!: It means that the food you served contained bacferia that were not killed by cooking. ...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


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