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Heartburn after having stomach flu, no vomiting only diarrhea, fever and aches. Tums (calcium carbonate) and organic vinager don't help. What would help the heartburn?

Heartburn after having stomach flu, no vomiting only diarrhea, fever and aches.  Tums (calcium carbonate) and organic vinager don't help.  What would help the heartburn?

Try an H2 blocker: Some people develop heartburn after a stomach flu even without vomiting, because the stomach flu may have caused gastroesophageal reflux, and irritation to the esophagus. I suggest try famotidine 20mg twice a day or ranitidine 150mg twice a day, both are over the counter. In addition, avoid alcohol, caffeine, cigarettes, large meals, and fatty meals. Also, Gaviscon tabs are a wonderful antacid. ...Read more

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Flu (Definition)

The flu, otherwise known as influenza, is a viral infection of the nose and throat. Symptoms of influenza include fever, chills, runny nose, muscle aches, fatigue, malaise, headaches, and coughing. Children with the flu often have nausea and vomiting as well. Some strains of the flu are preventable by getting a yearly flu ...Read more


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Hey, i think i might have appendicitis because I have the following symptoms; pain in lower right abdomen, diarrhea, and fever. Or is it stomach flu?

Hey, 
i think i might have appendicitis because I have the following symptoms; pain in lower right abdomen, diarrhea, and fever. Or is it stomach flu?

If worried, see doc: The classic symptoms of appendicitis are abdominal pain localizing to the right lower quadrant (rlq) of the abdomen, some nausea and vomiting, and lack of appetite. On exam, there is rlq tenderness. If the appendix has ruptured, pain and tenderness may be throughout the abdomen. Labs generally show elevated white blood count. Abdominal ultrasound or ct scan are increasingly used for dx. ...Read more

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When should we see a doc for the stomach flu? 24 hrs of violent vomiting, diarrhea, and fever (101.8*) so far, no appetite, some abdominal aches.

When should we see a doc for the stomach flu? 24 hrs of violent vomiting, diarrhea, and fever (101.8*) so far, no appetite, some abdominal aches.

Clear liquids: Drink frequent sips of clear liquids, such as sport drinks or flat ginger ale. Monitor your urine output. If you have fewer than three voids in a day, or your urine looks very dark yellow, then you are dehydrated and may need to be seen in an urgent care or emergency room. ...Read more

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Yesterday I had the stomach flu with loose stools and vomiting, no fever ! today I have a sore neck and headache , is this normal ? What should I do?

Yesterday I had the stomach flu with loose stools and vomiting, no fever ! today I have a sore neck and headache , is this normal ? What should I do?

Likely a virus: Hello. It's likely that you have a virus, but you shuold follow-up with your primary doctor if your symptoms do not remit over the next 24 hours. ...Read more

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I have been having diarreah for two days now (with fever at night).. I believe it is a stomach flu. Is there anything i can do?

I have been having diarreah for two days now (with fever at night).. I believe it is a stomach flu. Is there anything i can do?

Diarrhea: If you haven't been backpacking, drank contaminated water, been to mexico or overseas, the most common would be the stomach flu. Plenty of clear liquids(alcohol not included), b.R.A.T. Diet (bananas, rice, apples, toast) are the first line of care. Avoid fat and protein. If it lasts 2 days, you start vomiting, or it's getting worse despite the above, you may need an iv. ...Read more

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My 10 month old baby has stomach flu how long or days should the diahrrea last and all the sympthoms? She's in playful but don't eat 2 too much formula

My 10 month old baby has stomach flu how long or days should the diahrrea last and all the sympthoms? She's in playful but don't eat 2 too much formula

Stomach "flu": (viral) usually last 24-48 hours. Keep baby hydrated with sips of pedialyte/formula/ watered down juice. Since she's playful, symptoms should rapidly subside. Bacterial gastroenteritis' symptoms may be more severe & last longer so that medical intervention may be needed to prevent dehydration. Braty diet (banana, rice, applesauce, toast, yogurt) may help, too. ...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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Had the stomach flu" for 4 days (vomiting /diarehea are gone) but still feel so incredibly weak & just not right - how long does this typically last?

Depends: Everyone is different, and react to illnessess differently too. The norovirus is more virulent, and may cause you to be feeling week for 3-7 days. If you are generally healthy, keep your fluids and electrolytes up, slowly get back to a normal diet, and you should start feeling better in the next day or two. If not beter after 7 days, see your dr. For an evaluation to be safe. Good luck. ...Read more

Dr. Oscar Novick
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Loose Stools (Definition)

Loose stools is a symptom in which a person's stool (poop) does not hold its shape after it goes into the toilet. Instead of remaining a shaped piece of poop, the poop spreads out in the toilet bowl water. Very loose stool is called diarrhea. Loose stool can be caused by infections, certain foods or drinks, ...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