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Stomach Flu Relief
Gastroenteritis: The symptoms of stomach flu (viral gastroenteritis) can include: nausea, vomiting, headache, watery bowel movements (not bloody), abdominal cramps and a low fever. 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, . ...Read more
Have stomach flu like symptoms along with severe leg pain & chest pain, should I go to Er? There's no relief with Advil.
My chest,throat, and legs ache after the stomach flu (it mainly consisted of me dry heaving stomach acid) is this normal and what can I do for relief?
Vomiting & K+: The retching of acid can cause the lining of your esophagus which goes through your chest and the back of your throat to be sore, try choraseptic and bland foods for a while and both should get better. You can sometimes vomit until you lose potassium and magnesium. As soon as you can eat bannanas which can replenish both. I hope this helps! ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Simple carbohydrates: If still nauseated, drinking fluid is more important than eating. However, if you really feel like eating stick to very simple carbs...Soda crackers, white rice, popsicles, bananas. Not teh center of a healthy diet but also don't challenge an inflamed stomach. Even inflamed tissue can absorb simple sugars so you can get some calories. If you vomit, go back to clear liquids. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Yes.: Stomach flu by definition is triggered by a virus. Viral infections/flu are typically self-limited diseases, going away without specific treatment by "running its course". But complications of the viral illness such as dehydration, abdominal pain, high fever, etc. Can be problematic. Consequently, most patients seek help to avoid or prevent these worrisome side effects. So call your md for advice. ...Read more
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