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Recovering from stomach flu, still have gas and diarrhea. Will pepto bismol (bismuth subsalicylate) help or make things worse?

Recovering from stomach flu, still have gas and diarrhea. Will pepto bismol (bismuth subsalicylate) help or make things worse?

Diarrhea: I doubt pepto bismol (bismuth subsalicylate) will hurt, but it will make your stool black so don't panic. I would suggest a brat diet (banana, rice, apple sauce, tea, toast) and avoid dairy for the next 2 weeks. ...Read more

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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I get gas every time I eat. This has been happening since I got the stomach flu 6 months ago. I couldn't drink milk for a while also. What is this?

I get gas every time I eat. This has been happening since I got the stomach flu 6 months ago. I couldn't drink milk for a while also. What is this?

Gut bacteria: Digestion problems after a recent illness may be due to alterations of the natural bacteria in the gut. This can occur due to antibiotics taken for an infection or the infection itself. Typically the natural bacteria will repopulate over time however taking a good quality probiotic supplement may help. ...Read more

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Stomach flu. Lots of dry heaving. Now very painful in upper back, feels full of gas. Ideas?

Stomach flu. Lots of dry heaving. Now very painful in upper back, feels full of gas. Ideas?

OTC: There are many otc products for relief of symptoms related to viral gastroenteritis. Check with your pharmacist. If these do not work or you are getting worse or develop fever, see a doctor asap. ...Read more

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I was recently sick with stomach flu and I ate pizza today and now I'm passing gas every minute. Is it just from pizza or because I was sick?

I was recently sick with stomach flu and I ate pizza today and now I'm passing gas every minute. Is it just from pizza or because I was sick?

Probably both: It's common for people who normally tolerate milk to have gas, cramps, loose stools, etc with milk, cheese, etc after viral gastroenteritis ("stomach flu"). The infection reduces the intestinal enzyme lactase, which digests milk sugar. Poorly digested milk gives intestinal bacteria a feast -- and whey THEY digest it, acid and gas are produced, with symptoms like yours. It should improve soon. ...Read more

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Hi i'm having back pain, stomach pain upper & lower & gas. And no v&d but feel naueous. Already had the stomach flu & got over it. What is it now?

Hi i'm having back pain, stomach pain upper & lower & gas. And no v&d but feel naueous. Already had the stomach flu & got over it. What is it now?

See your doctor: This is one of those problems where a visit to your doctor is necessary to figure out what's going on. Only after a thorough evaluation, including examination and possibly labs and other tests, can your doctor correctly diagnose you and treat you effectively. ...Read more

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What to do if I have severe gas, bloating, and yellow stools after having a stomach flu a couple of days ago is this normal?

What to do if I have severe gas, bloating, and yellow stools after having a stomach flu a couple of days ago is this normal?

Altered gut flora: When you have an infection, like the flu, it can change the mix of bacteria that normally live in your colon. That can give you gas, bloating and change the color of your stools. A few days of yogurt and normal diet should straighten things out. ...Read more

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I had the Stomach Flu and now for the past two days I've had shortness of breath, gas, and chest tightness. I don't have a fever. Is this pneumonia?

I had the Stomach Flu and now for the past two days I've had shortness of breath, gas, and chest tightness. I don't have a fever. Is this pneumonia?

Needs to be checked: It is difficult to say what it could be,But any shortness of breath and chest tightness needs to be evaluated.I suggest go to the ER and get checked.They will take a detailed history and exam and if indicated a chest xray to diagnose and treat your condition ...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

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


Gas (Definition)

In a medical context, "having gas" refers to having too much gas in the bowels. This causes burping, cramps in the belly, ...Read more