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Upset stomach,nausea,body aches,cough,headache an chills. Stomach flu or influenza?

Upset stomach,nausea,body aches,cough,headache an chills. Stomach flu or influenza?

Hard to say: without running some tests . Best to get treated by your family physician to come to a specific diagnosis and treatment plans . ...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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Stomach flu treatment?

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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Can swine flu be prevented by taking swine flu vaccination?

Can swine flu be prevented by taking swine flu vaccination?

Yes: While no vaccine is 100% effetive, the h1n1 vaccine is highly effective at preventing infection with h1n1 virus, and preventing death and serious illness from h1n1. ...Read more

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Stomach virus. Signs?

Stomach virus. Signs?

Stomach virus signs: Enteric viruses, at least the self-limited kind, typically cause: nausea, queasiness, diarrhea, abdominal cramping. Of course, these are non-specific symptoms that can be attributed to almost any acute insult to the gut (regardless of mild or severe). Persistent symptoms, bleeding, dehydration, unremitting vomiting, progressive abdominal pain deserve immediate medical attention & treatment. ...Read more

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Is swine flu fatal?

Is swine flu fatal?

Any flu...: ...Can be fatal in rare cases. Swine flu had a higher mortality in otherwise healthy individuals than the strains of flu active in recent years, but it certainly was not universally fatal. ...Read more

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Flu like symptoms after flu vaccine. Is this contagious?

Flu like symptoms after flu vaccine. Is this contagious?

Depends: If you had the nasal product this is a living virus and you could pass the "vaccine strain" to others.This might produce mild or no symptoms if passed. There is no way that you get or pass the injectable flu vaccine.It is a dead virus.If you had symptoms it is due to a reaction to getting the vaccine, not a flu. ...Read more

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Is swine flu related to food poisoning?

Is swine flu related to food poisoning?

No: Diferent symptoms, different set of germs, different mechanism of disease, different means of infection. Swine flu has fever, cough, profound fatigue, transmitted by droplet/respiratory, i.e. Cough, or exposure to virus on surfaces like doorknobs. Food poisoning/gastroenteritis can be viral, bacterial. Usually requires ingestion, but surface exposure can do it too. Wash hands, use purell type. ...Read more

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Is the avian flu a foodborne illness?

Is the avian flu a foodborne illness?

No: Avian flu is an airborne disease. You must breathe it in. It attacks the lungs. ...Read more

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What is h1n1 flu or swine flu?

What is h1n1 flu or swine flu?

A viral flu strain: H1n1 refers to the proteins that make up the critical parts of this particular flu virus. For example, h5n1 is a common flu virus that attacks some years. "swine flu" is a misnomer. Flu viruses are named after their original hosts, and the h1n1 virus we've been dealing with is actually a combination of avian, human and swine flu dna mixed together. Also, it's the same spanish flu from 1918. ...Read more

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Could flu virus mutate every year?

Could flu virus mutate every year?

Yes: This is one of the reasons influenza vaccine has to be reformulated each year. ...Read more

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How come swine flu more deadly literally than bird flu?

How come swine flu more deadly literally than bird flu?

Not necessarily: Correct. There are multiple stains of both swine and bird flu and each strain has different pattern of disease and death rate. ...Read more

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Can avian flu give you swine flu?

No: Each subtype of flu (eg avian vs swine) are different viruses, meaning they have different genetics. One does not predispose to the other but you can be infected with one and then later another type of flu. ...Read more

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Why is swine flu more deadly than the bird flu?

Why is swine flu more deadly than the bird flu?

Not necessarily true: Any influenza can be mild or fatal. The severity of an epidemic is determined by the efficiency of transmission and the prevalence of immunity in the population which is infected. For any one individual, there is very little difference in the severity of swine and avian influenza. For a community, the above described factors as well as many others can contribute to the severity of an outbreak. ...Read more

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Swine flu and fast breathing related?

Swine flu and fast breathing related?

They could be: If you have flu and are breathing fast, you could have pneumonia. That's a reason to go to the emergency room. ...Read more

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Is swine flu different from regular flu?

Differences: This is the best I have seen to help differentiate: http://www.Newmilfordschools.Org/gibbs/nurse/cold_flu_swine_flu.Pdf. ...Read more

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Symptoms of bird flu and other avian flu?

Symptoms of bird flu and other avian flu?

Agree w Dr. Singh.: Symptoms of avian flu include fever, cough, sore throat, muscle aches ; pains ; occasionally conjunctivitis or gastrointestinal symptoms (nausea, vomiting or diarrhea). Complications can include pneumonia, respiratory failure, as well as renal ; cardiac complications. It has been lethal in > 50% of infected people. ...Read more

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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)

Draw a transverse line through the umbilicus and the upper abdomen includes every part of the belly above this line and below the ...Read more