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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 had a bad stomach flu 2 weeks ago, and ever since I have had a pain in my right upper thigh/groin area. Femoral area but no hernia lump. Infection?

I had a bad stomach flu 2 weeks ago, and ever since I have had a pain in my right upper thigh/groin area. Femoral area but no hernia lump. Infection?

Hernias : if you were coughing and straining it could be a hernia. The challenge is that a sac may not be palpable but you still could have a hernia. You will need a good exam by a doctor. Hope this helps. ...Read more

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Have had stomach flu for 5 days. No vomiting but everything else. Should I take PPI to counter BAD heartburn or is acid needed to fight infection?

Have had stomach flu for 5 days. No vomiting but everything else. Should I take PPI to counter BAD heartburn or is acid needed to fight infection?

PPI's take: to long to be effective. Try taking OTC H-2 Blocker (eg PEPCID (famotidine) AC) plus a liquid antacid but AVOID MAGNESIUM (eg Maalox) this may cause diarrhea! Hope this helps BTW Acid does NOT fight the infection! ...Read more

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How to know if I have norovirus or the start of the stomach flu or something?

How to know if I have norovirus or the start of the stomach flu or something?

Norovirus: is one form of gastroenteritis (stomach flu). The symptoms of Stomach Flu (Viral Gastroenteritis) can include: nausea, vomiting, headache, watery bowel movements (not bloody), abdominal cramps and a low fever. ...Read more

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Can you prevent getting the stomach flu if you have already been exposed to norovirus?

Can you prevent getting the stomach flu if you have already been exposed to norovirus?

No: Stomach flu is usually a layman term for viral enteritis, which may be because of multiple other viruses other than norovirus. Norovirus does not even provide full immunity against itself. ...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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Dr. Oscar Novick
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Infection (Definition)

Infections are invasions of some other organism (fungus, bacteria, parasite) or viruses into places where they do not belong. For instance, we have normal gut bacteria that live within us without causing problems; however, when those penetrate the bowel wall and enter the bloodstream, ...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