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Dr. Heidi Fowler
1,823 doctors shared insights

Flu (Definition)

Flu is also known as Influenza. Influenza (aka "flu") is a contagious respiratory viral illness that can cause mild to severe illness including death. There is treatment available to decrease symptoms, but it is better to prevent the flu is by getting ...Read more


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

Not Dumb! It helps.: Zofran 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 treats symptoms: nausea and vomiting, not the cause of them. These symptoms can have many causes, which Zofran does not correct. ...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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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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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. ...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 can be used. If even pills can't stay down rectal compazine. 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 for fever. ...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


Dr. David Cohen
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Stomach Flu (Definition)

Stomach flu is also known as Gastroenteritis. Typical symptoms of a "stomach flu" included vomiting and diarrhea. Another name ...Read more