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Stomach Flu Viral Gastroenteritis
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
How come the cold or flu infects my house hold at least once a year but viral gastroenteritis only infects the household once every couple of years?
Monitoring Centers: The lymphatic system absorbs and carries things too big to go into the arteries and veins like bacteria eaten by white cells and digested food. The lymph nodes "taste" the lymph to see if anything bad is there like bacteria, viruses, cancers, etc. When it detects a problem, it alerts the immune system by enlarging in response. Prolonged enlargement should be biopsied. If no problem, they shrink. ...Read more
My 1yr old threw up last night and today complained his tummy hurt. Is there such a thing as a 1 day viral stomach flu?
Yes: Norovirus and other viruses can have a very short course. However, don't be surprised if it's not quite over yet. It may be, or he might develop diarrhea. For diarrhea or tummy pain, try bland foods such as the brat diet (bannas, rice, applesauce, toast) if he is agreeable to them. ...Read more
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Can gastro/gastroenteritis/stomach flu cause a miscarriage even if i keep well hydrated? My daughter just brought home stomach flu from daycare!
Stomach flu: You can protect yourself by making sure you wash your hands with soap and water when you handle your daughter. ...Read more
Can existing gastritis be irritated by gastroenteritis? Had stomach flu but now abd is sore including back and have some constipation .. no appetite
Yes: But if you are experiencing other symptoms, be checked for other causes of which there are many. All the best. ...Read more
If you have stomach flu (gastroenteritis) & bacterial vaginosis at the same time can it intensify nausea & other symptoms? Day 8 of stomach flu.
Run its course: As miserable as the stomach flu makes one feel, there is unfortunately no treatment for it. Hydration with clear liquids by mouth is paramount. If you are having fewer than 3 urinations per day, you might be dehydrated. Reasons to seek medical attention during a stomach flu episode are lack of urine output, inability to take clear liquids by mouth because of excessive vomiting, lightheadedness. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Gastroenteritis.: 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. Rest. ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
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. Rest. ...Read more
Hydration: A viral infection of the stomach and intestines needs to run its course. The most important thing to do is to keep oneself hydrated by drinking frequent sips of clear liquids. Chicken broth, electrolyte containing sport drinks, flat ginger ale all help with hydration. Watch your urine output -- three times per day is the minimum. ...Read more
Your Immune System: Most stomach illness are caused by viruses that your body's immune system will fight off. The "out of your" system philosophy may come from advice by medical professionals not to treat diarrhea aggressivley. This recommendation is not made because the diarrhea "gets it out of your system" but rather because of side effects of some of those anti-diarrhea medicines. ...Read more
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