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Dr. David Cohen
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Stomach Flu (Overview)

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 fever and chills occur.


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How does stomach flu start?

How does stomach flu start?

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

Dr. David Cohen
842 Doctors shared insights

Stomach Flu (Overview)

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 fever and chills occur.


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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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Stomach flu (Tip)

It is usually self limited. Avoid citrics, dairy products, caffeine, spicy foods, chocolates, mints. ...See more

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Treating the Stomach Flu (Checklist)

See a doctor if you are vomiting/defecating uncontrollably
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Hydrate yourself to keep up with fluid loss; water is best
Daily
Practice good hand washing to help prevent the spread of stomach viruses
Daily
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How long should these symptoms of stomach flu last in a healthy 25 year old?

How long should these symptoms of stomach flu last in a healthy 25 year old?

VIRAL INFECTION: Viral infections are self limited to a few days to a week. Make sure patient does not become dehydrated. ...Read more

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Recently, I've been stressed, tired and constipated. When I did poop the color is yellowish, but now its dark green. Is this a sign of stomach flu?

Recently, I've been stressed, tired and constipated. When I did poop the color is yellowish, but now its dark green. Is this a sign of stomach flu?

No: Many things cause constipation. Stress is one. Get lots of rest, drink lots of water, eat fruit and if needed get miralax (polyethylene glycol). It is safe and effective over several days. Stomach flu makes you feel sick. If you are feeling well stool color is not important unless you see blood. That requires immediate investigation. You may need stress management if you can't manage on your own. Read up on it. ...Read more

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Stomach flu (Tip)

Take it easy; rest. Be gentle with your stomach. Water, then bland foods. ...See more

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Preventing the Flu (Checklist)

Get plenty of sleep
daily
Avoid coming into contact with sick people
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Avoid touching your face before washing your hands
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Best way to treat 23 month old with diarreah? We took to dr. And diagnosed stomach flu. Has no fever drinking and acting normal. What to do for bad d

Best way to treat 23 month old with diarreah? We took to dr. And diagnosed stomach flu. Has no fever drinking and acting normal. What to do for bad d

.: Do not give medications to stop diarrhea. It will make symptoms worse. If no fever and if feeding well and voiding urine well let it run it's course. A medication to stop loose stool will make the child very sick. ...Read more

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What are the tests for stomach flu?

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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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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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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Does anal mucus mean a temporary stomach flu problem, or a worse disorder?

Does anal mucus mean a temporary stomach flu problem, or a worse disorder?

Steps to take: If you have mucus in your stools. Referral for colonoscopy /sigmoidoscopy if you have rectal bleeding, night time abdominal pain, weight loss, anemia.If you have mucus +diarrhea-stool cultures to rule out GI infection. Lactose intolerance shd be considered to modify diet, need also to rule out celiac, ibs (inflammatory bowel disease), usually with yellow mucus. Be sure to see your doctor. ...Read more

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How do physicians treat stomach flu?

If a person becomes: Seriously dehydrated they may need intravenous hydration. 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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Stomach flu treatment?

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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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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How to get rid of stomach flu fast?

Supportive care: Since stomach flu (viral gastroenteritis) is a virus, there's nothing that kills it. However, taking electrolyte-rich fluids, a bland low-sugar/high fat diet, and rest helps with the symptoms and keeps you hydrated. Probiotics also help your intestines recover. I hope you feel better soon! ...Read more

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Will the morning after pill work if you have stomach flu or other diarrheal disease?

Will the morning after pill work if you have stomach flu or other diarrheal disease?

Pill with stomachflu: I would always ask your ob-gyn or pharmacist also, but as long as you are able to keep the medicine down and not vomit it up (for at least an hour), an oral medicine should be absorbed ok. ...Read more

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Could I have cardiomyopathy after the stomach flu? How would I know?

Could I have cardiomyopathy after the stomach flu? How would I know?

It could happen: But your chances are overwhelmingly in favor of doing fine. A lot of gastro-intestinal viruses can cause cardiomyopathy but it is usually a combination of the bug and the patient's genetic predisposition of developing the disease. Symptoms can be very non-specific like palpitations, shortness of breath and increased fatigueability. The diagnosis can be made with an echocardiogram. See your doc. ...Read more

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How to prevent the stomach flu when you feel like you've already caught it?

How to prevent the stomach flu when you feel like you've already caught it?

Not much...: All you can do is wash hands frequently, avoid others who are known to have it, etc. Once you have it, im not aware of anything you can do to prevent it. See your doctor for medications to help you through it, though. ...Read more

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How can I avoid the stomach flu or the stomach virus when my baby sister, younger brother, and older sister have it?

How can I avoid the stomach flu or the stomach virus when my baby sister, younger brother, and older sister have it?

Hand washing: Contact with the virus is what can assist with acquiring it. If you keep things clean, where gloves when cleaning up after your sick siblings and washing your hands regularly esp. If it is after contact with your sibs clothing, bedding or oral care products should minimize your risk if you are caring for them. Limited exposure also should decrease risk. ...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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How often do normal people get the stomach flu?

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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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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What is the stomach flu feel like?

What is the stomach flu feel like?

Stomach flu: 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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What are the first signs of a stomach flu?

What are the first signs of a stomach flu?

Sxs: You might experience a drop in appetite. Nausea could occur as well as loose bowel movement. One may experience stomach cramps, vomiting, fever, fatigue or generalized aching. ...Read more

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What are the signs of having a stomach flu?

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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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?

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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How does stomach flu start?

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

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What to do with stomach flu?

What to do with stomach flu?

Prevent dehydration: Lots of fluids, esp fluids with salts to prevent dehydration - either oral or IV if needed.
Symptomatic management. ...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 about stomach flu?

What to do about stomach flu?

GI 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. If you are having frequent, chronic symptoms - it may not be due to viral infections. If this is the case, med eval would be prudent. ...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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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?

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

Dr. Stephen Scholand
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