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What is the healthiest fluid to rehydrate an adult following severe stomach flu-like symtoms?

What is the healthiest fluid to rehydrate an adult following severe stomach flu-like symtoms?

Gatorade: You want electrolytes. Something like gatorade or powerade is best. If a person is severely dehydrated, it is important to see a physician to get the amount of fluid and electrolytes needed. ...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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What is meant by stomach flu?

What is meant by stomach flu?

Stomach flu: This term is generally used to mean an infectious bug called gastroenteritis. ...Read more

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How common is the stomach flu?

How common is the stomach flu?

Quite common: It is most often communicated through contaminated water or food. ...Read more

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Will stomach flu go by itself?

Will stomach flu go by itself?

Usually yes: 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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How does the stomach flu begin?

How does the stomach flu begin?

Usually Nausea: Stomach virus may start with vague symtoms, but vomiting and nausea are most prominent symptoms over first 24-48 hrs. These is usually followed by onset of diarrhea which is typically last symptom to resolve. Fever can be part of illness first 1-3 dys. ...Read more

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Is there a stomach flu going around?

Is there a stomach flu going around?

Possibly: Depends on where you live? As we are at the start of the school year gastroenteritis cases definitely start to increase. ...Read more

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What can I do to treat stomach flu?

What can I do to treat stomach flu?

Run its course: As miserable as the stomach flu makes one feel, there is unfortunately no treatment for it. Hydration with clear liquids by mouth is paramount. If you are having fewer than 3 urinations per day, you might be dehydrated. Reasons to seek medical attention during a stomach flu episode are lack of urine output, inability to take clear liquids by mouth because of excessive vomiting, lightheadedness. ...Read more

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What can you do to help a stomach flu?

Gastroenteritis.: 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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Can the stomach flu go away on its own?

Yes: Viral Gastroenteritis usually resolves without specific treatments. ...Read more

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How do you know if you have stomach flu.?

How do you know if you have stomach flu.?

Gastroenteritis: The symptoms of stomach flu (viral gastroenteritis) can include: nausea, vomiting, headache, watery bowel movements (not bloody), abdominal cramps and a low fever. Your physician can confirm diagnosis. ...Read more

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Can we take packet soups during stomach flu.

Can we take packet soups during stomach flu.

Yes: When having the stomach flu, you should take in plenty of fluid to replace losses. Even when sick, we can still absorb fluids from our stomach and intestine, so keep pushing the fluids. If you can tolerate the soup, go ahead and drink it. ...Read more

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How often do normal people get the stomach flu?

Often: If you are in contact with many people on a daily basis for work or school then it is not uncommon to get a "stomach flu" several times a year. The peak season for enteroviruses (stomach flu) is spring and summer. During those seasons children can get sick every month or so especially if they are in a large daycare. The viruses are spread by poor hand washing and contact with contaminated surfaces. ...Read more

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Can I get the stomach flu if I already got it 4 months ago?

Yes: There are many different viruses that cause the stomach flu. So you can get it again, or at least something just like it. ...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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Can you tell me how I could help to cure my stomach flu as soon as possible?

Can you tell me how I could help to cure my stomach flu as soon as possible?

Not a cure -: 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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How long would the normal stomach flu take to develop in your system and start showing symptoms.?

6--10 days: The "incubation period" for most common gastrointestinal viral illnesses is 6-10 days. Cerain viruses, such as hepatitis a and b viruses, can take up to 6 months from infection to onset of symptoms. ...Read more

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Help for stomach flu?

Help for stomach flu?

Rest: Most viruses causing GI problems last inly a few days, drinking lots of fluids and rest are best. ...Read more

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How to cure stomach flu?

How to cure stomach flu?

Stomach Flu: It tends to run it's course. Be gentle with your GI tract. Start with clear liquid like water, soda that is clear, or sports hydration drinks. 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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What treats the stomach flu?

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

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What to do for a stomach flu?

Stay hydrated.: 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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What are the tests for stomach flu?

Usually none: Stomach flu is usually caused by a virus. There are many viruses that can cause it, and they are quite contagious. The good news is that it goes away on its own and doesn't generally need special testing or treatment (other than making sure you don't get dehydrated!) prolonged vomiting (more than a couple days) or prolonged diarrhea (more than a couple weeks) should prompt a visit to the doctor. ...Read more

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Is vernors good for the stomach flu?

Is vernors good for the stomach flu?

Ginger: Ginger has been shown to have various health benefits and studies show it to be beneficial for the treatment of nausea / vomiting, depending on the cause. Vernon ginger ale may or may not help, but fresh ginger tea or crystallized ginger is healthier and likely to be more effective. ...Read more

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I have had the stomach flu for 3 weeks?

I have had the stomach flu for 3 weeks?

Might not be: stomach flu if it has lasted for 3 weeks. 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 ...Read more

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How to determine you have a stomach flu?

Symptoms: The symptoms of stomach flu (viral gastroenteritis) can include: nausea, vomiting, headache, watery bowel movements (not bloody), abdominal cramps and a low fever. Your physician can confirm diagnosis. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of the stomach flu?

Gastroenteritis: 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. ...Read more

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If I have the stomach flu what should I eat?

If I have the stomach flu what should I eat?

Stomach Flu: 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 more

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What types of foods are safe/unsafe while having the stomach flu?

What types of foods are safe/unsafe while having the stomach flu?

Stomach Flu: 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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Which foods/drinks are considered the best if you have the stomach flu?

Which foods/drinks are considered the best if you have the stomach flu?

Stomach flu: 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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Please describe the stomach flu symptoms?

Please describe the stomach flu symptoms?

Viral Gastroenteriti: The symptoms of stomach flu can include: nausea, vomiting, headache, watery bowel movements (not bloody), abdominal cramps and a low fever. ...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


Upper Abdomen (Definition)

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