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Dr. David Cohen
827 doctors shared insights

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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Does anal mucus mean a temporary stomach flu problem, or a worse disorder?

Does anal mucus mean a temporary stomach flu problem, or a worse disorder?

Steps to take: If you have mucus in your stools.Referral for colonoscopy /sigmoidoscopy if you have rectal bleeding, night time abdominal pain, weight loss, anemia.If you have mucus +diarrhea-stool cultures to rule out GI infection.Lactose intolerance shd be considered to modify diet, need also to rule out celiac , ibs (inflammatory bowel disease), usually with yellow mucus.Be sure to see your doctor. ...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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Probably a dumb question, but I take two doses of ODT Zofran (ondansetron) daily due to disease and nausea. Does this help protect me from vomiting from stomach flu?

Probably a dumb question, but I take two doses of ODT Zofran (ondansetron) daily due to disease and nausea. Does this help protect me from vomiting from stomach flu?

Not Dumb! It helps.: Zofran (ondansetron) helps with nausea and vomiting from many causes. So if you are taking it for chronic nausea, it will also affect the nausea from an acute gastroenteritis (stomach bug). It's a good question! Zofran (ondansetron) treats symptoms: nausea and vomiting, not the cause of them. These symptoms can have many causes, which Zofran (ondansetron) does not correct. ...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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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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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 much time does a stomach flu last?

How much time does a stomach flu last?

Stomach Flu: According to the CDC, viral gastroenteritis usually has a duration of one to ten days (depending on the specific virus). ...Read more

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How can I help my baby who has a stomach flu?

How can I help my baby who has a stomach flu?

Fluids: Make sure that the child does not become dehydrated. You did not say the age, but pedialyte or gatorade, or even water, are preferable to the child not drinking. If you cannot get them to drink, they will have to be hospitalized. ...Read more

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Lost 7 pounds with stomach flu. Is this dangerous?

Unlikely: If you are over it now, you will rehydrate quickly. May want some yogurt, and fruit to smooth things out. ...Read more

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How do you know if your stomach flu is almost over?

How do you know if your stomach flu is almost over?

Sxs are abating.: No nausea. No vomiting, stool has firmed up. You are able to hold down both liquids and solids. No fever. No abdominal cramps. ...Read more

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Can you tell me if i could get the stomach flu twice?

Can you tell me if i could get the stomach flu twice?

Yes: Yes, it is possible. It's not the "actual" flu, but another virus whose clinical entity is "gastroenteritis". ...Read more

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Does the body build up an immunity to the stomach flu?

Does the body build up an immunity to the stomach flu?

There are a variety: Of viruses so even if there was an immunity to one it wouldn't protect against others. ...Read more

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What to do if I have extremely bad case of stomach flu?

What to do if I have extremely bad case of 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. Sometimes IV hydration is indicated. Rest. ...Read more

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What to eat the day or two after having the stomach flu?

What to eat the day or two after having the stomach flu?

Simple = best: I find that simple, easy to digest material; noodles, macaroni & spaghetti without sauce, graham crackers, broths, steamed rice, apple sauce, some vegetables & boiled meats are all well tolerated by a recovering gut. Fried foods/acidic juices/milk or cheese & spicy foods will often lead to recurrent cramping or nausea if consumed too early. ...Read more

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


Dr. Mark Mattar
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Digestive Diseases (Definition)

Digestive diseases are disorders of the gut, its structure and function, and assessory organs such as the pancreas and gallbladder. These diseases can lead to increased or decreased motility, ...Read more