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Had the stomach flu 5 days ago and since then I feel nausea when I eat. Keep losing weight because of it. Is this psychological?

Had the stomach flu 5 days ago and since then I feel nausea when I eat. Keep losing weight because of it. Is this psychological?

Probably not...: Since the stomach flu was only 5 days ago, the ongoing nausea is probably just due to residual inflammation. Resume eating very bland and easily digestable foods. That said, one can develop a psychological aversion to foods you actually vomited. If this is the case, avoid these foods temporarily and gradually the aversion will fade. ...Read more

Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Many people resolve to lose weight in the New Year for different reasons. For those who are overweight or obese, there are many health benefits to losing weight. It can help decrease your chances of developing diseases including diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure, osteoarthritis, and even certain types of cancer. Low-calorie diets combined with increased physical activity are thought to be most effective long term. The healthiest weight loss regimen, therefore, is one that consists of making lifestyle changes that incorporate a balanced diet ...Read more


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I'm 25 stomach feels weird heartburn and burping feel better when I take Pepcid (famotidine) sometime feel weak sweating loss of appetite could it be I'm a cancer or stomach flu?

It could, but..: ...the more likely, in large part, diagnosis is dyspepsia due either to GERD or gastritis--both of which will respond to acid suppression from drugs like Pepcid (famotidine). For your reassurance, simple testing is available through your doctor. ...Read more

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I'm underweight (5'3 & 93 lbs). Now I had a stomach flu past 2 days and my weight is 90 lbs, I feel weak, what is the best to eat during recovery?

I'm underweight (5'3 & 93 lbs). Now I had a stomach flu past 2 days and my weight is 90 lbs, I feel weak, what is the best to eat during recovery?

Food: Continue with a varied diet that contains all elements of foodstuffs. Vegetables, fruits, meats, and concentrated carbohydrates (potatoes, etc.) are the way to go. You may just have to eat more. Good luck and best wishes. ...Read more

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No family history of diabetes. Bmi is at 30 5'5 Asian male. I feel I had lost weight thts the only symptom. I did also have a stomach flu.?

BMI: Hi. Asians are at a risk of type 2 diabetes at a lower average BMI than caucasians. For sure, the stomach flu may be responsible for a little weight loss. Most people with a BMI of 30 are overweight, but some are just very muscular. What's your waist circumference? If >40 inches, you're at risk for diabetes. Again, diabetes is easy to test for. Good luck! ...Read more

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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?

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 I know if I got tha stomach flu?

How do I know if I got tha 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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How can I recover from the stomach flu?

How can I recover from 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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What can you do to treat the stomach flu?

What can you do to treat the stomach flu?

Hydration: A viral infection of the stomach and intestines needs to run its course. The most important thing to do is to keep oneself hydrated by drinking frequent sips of clear liquids. Chicken broth, electrolyte containing sport drinks, flat ginger ale all help with hydration. Watch your urine output -- three times per day is the minimum. ...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 to get the stomach flu out of your system?

How to get the stomach flu out of your system?

Your Immune System: Most stomach illness are caused by viruses that your body's immune system will fight off. The "out of your" system philosophy may come from advice by medical professionals not to treat diarrhea aggressivley. This recommendation is not made because the diarrhea "gets it out of your system" but rather because of side effects of some of those anti-diarrhea medicines. ...Read more

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I am recovering from a stomach flu. What to eat?

Stomach Flu: Drink water to hydrate yourself. You can also have clear soups / broths, unsweetened juices or oral rehydration solutions. You want to be gentle with your diet so that your GI track can recover. Stay away from dairy, leafy vegetables & most fruits initially. Caffeine & alcohol should be avoided as well as any dark carbonated beverages. ...Read more

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How can the norvovirus and/or stomach flu spread?

Person to Person: Most stomach virus are spread via fecal-oral route. Frequent hand washing is best prevention. ...Read more

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What foods can you eat when you have the stomach flu?

What foods can you eat when 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 tell me can dogs be carriers of the stomach flu?

Please tell me can dogs be carriers of the stomach flu?

Don't know stomach: Flu viruses. Zoonoses effecting dogs that can be directly or indirectly
transmitted to humans & that involve the GI tract of one or
the other include: Salmonellosis (bacteria), Giardiasis
(intestinal protozoa), Strongyloidiasis (parasite) &
Campylobacter enteritis (bacteria). Don't know of any intestinal
flu that is transmitted between dog & human. ...Read more

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For what length of time can a person have the stomach flu?

For what length of time can a person have the stomach flu?

See below: In general the GI tract replaces its lining every 3-7 days so most cases resolve in the same period. If it lasts longer than this there is a suggestion you are reinfecting yourself. ...Read more

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Symptoms of stomach flu vs. Symptoms from eating bad food?

Symptoms of stomach flu vs. Symptoms from eating bad food?

Sometimes the same.: With either one, you can have nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain, and diarrhea, although fever is less often due to food poisoning. If more than one person ate a specific food at the same time and both developed symptoms at about the same time, that increases the likelihood that it's food poisoning. ...Read more

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Is there a good way to make the stomach flu shorter in duration?

Is there a good way to make the stomach flu shorter in duration?

You must be very: Gentle with your GI tract. 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. Some stomach virus infections have a longer duration than others. ...Read more

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I have stomach flu or just too much to eat, what to do for relief?

I have stomach flu or just too much to eat, what to do for relief?

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

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If everyone in my family has it, how do I avoid catching the stomach flu?

If everyone in my family has it, how do I avoid catching the stomach flu?

Avoid Stomach Flu: > Wash your hands before touching your eyes, nose or mouth. Wash wi warm water & soap for 20 seconds. Hand-sanitizer doesn't kill Norovirus. Use paper towel to turn off faucet & open door when exiting a public restroom. Antiseptic wipes can be used on doorknobs, keyboards & other surfaces if diluted bleach is not available. Wash dishes in dishwasher (vice hand-washing). Clean clothes which may > ...Read more

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How long is the stomach flu contagious?

How long is the stomach flu contagious?

Depends: The contagious period from oral secretions often begins just before the first fever untill fever has been gone 24hr. The germ may be found in the stool for another 4-6 wks. ...Read more

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Why stomach flu associate with headache?

See below: Headaches are a general symptom of many viral illnesses, even stomach (GI) illnesses. This is due to the viral load triggering the general inflammatory response and with a stomach bug, if vomiting and diarrhea, could also be due to dehydration as well. Keep hydrated, and pain meds as needed. ...Read more

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How do I prevent getting the stomach flu?

No guarantee: Best chance for prevention is get a flu shot, stay away from anyone who may have it, use disinfectant often. ...Read more

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How do I prevent getting the "stomach flu"?

How do I prevent getting the "stomach flu"?

Wash your hands: The viruses that cause stomach bugs are spread by contact and enter the body through your mouth, nose, or eyes. The best thing is to wash your hands well with soap and water. And do not rub your eyes or nose or touch your mouth with unwashed hands. Viruses also can travel in food or drinks. No sharing cups or food. Many viruses are contagious before symptoms, so looking well is no guarantee. ...Read more

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How can you tell if your toddler has a stomach flu?

How can you tell if your toddler has a stomach flu?

Vomiting: If he's vomiting and/or has diarrhea most likely he has the stomach flu especially if he's been around other people that have been sick. Usually it runs it's course in 24 hours if he's sick beyond that you should see your pediatrician. ...Read more

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How do doctors stop the stomach flu from spreading?

How do doctors stop the stomach flu from spreading?

Avoid contacts: Please keep your environment clean so the flu bug is not spread within your home. ...Read more

Dr. Michael Gabor
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Lose Weight (Definition)

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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