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Dr. Heidi Fowler
1,882 doctors shared insights

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 have a stomach flu, possibly gastroenteritis (vomit, cramps, diarrhea, nausea) - is it safe to go without food for the first 24 hours?

I have a stomach flu, possibly gastroenteritis (vomit, cramps, diarrhea, nausea)  - is it safe to go without food for the first 24 hours?

Drink liquids: It is safe to go without food for first 24 hours if you can't tolerate it -- but be sure to drink plenty of water, ginger ale or other non-alcoholic fluids. Some meat or vegetable broth might be good too. ...Read more

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Help on "stomach flu" or viral gastroenteritis please! on the road without meds?

Help on "stomach flu" or viral gastroenteritis please! on the road without meds?

Flu on the road: Stomach flu. If you're on the road, i will assume you have access to a drug store at least for over-the-counter medications. For nausea, otc antihismanines like dramamine or Meclizine should help. For the diarrhea, otc immodium works very well. Otherwise, drink plenty of fluids, rest, and eat as much of a healthy diet as you can (you will recover faster). Tylenol (acetaminophen) for fever. ...Read more

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How to stop vomitting? How long does gastroenteritis (stomach flu) last and how to keep energized and hydrated?

How to stop vomitting? How long does gastroenteritis (stomach flu) last and how to keep energized and hydrated?

Depends: If its moderate nausea then oral agents like Compazine (prochlorperazine) can be used. If even pills can't stay down rectal compazine (prochlorperazine). Once this calms the nausea use this as an oppurtunity to take in ice chips. Dont over do it . If you push too hard you will only throw up again and will progressively get more dehydrated. ...Read more

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What can I do to cure gastroenteritis (my stomach flu)?

What can I do to cure gastroenteritis (my stomach flu)?

Fluid replacement: There is no "cure"for a viral gastroenteritis. The important thing is to keep up with fluid losses--usually staring with small volumes of fluid and increasing as tolerated. Food and fluid if diarrhea is the problem. If that does not work, IV fluids may be needed, or an anti-emetic, such as zofran (ondansetron). ...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


Dr. Stephen Scholand
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Gastroenteritis (Definition)

Gastroenteritis is a loose term denoting inflammation of the stomach and small ...Read more