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How are an ulcer and stomach flu different?

How are an ulcer and stomach flu different?

Quite different: Peptic ulcer disease refers to painful ulcers in the lining of the stomach or duodenum( prox. Small bowel)..Infection with bacteria called h. Pylori causes ulcers. Nonsteroidal antiinflammatory drugs (nsaids) can also cause ulceration as well as excess acid production. Gastroenteritis is caused by virus and usually produces combination of vomiting and diarrhea. ...Read more

Dr. Scott Bolhack
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Ulcer (Definition)

An ulcer is a discontinuity or a break in a body membrane that impedes the normal functioning of the organ of which that membrane is a part. Ulcers are further classified by their location. Ulcers are usually caused by infections, excessive acid production, stress, ...Read more


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I had stomach flu, got bactrim (sulfamethoxazole and trimethoprim). Now throat ulcers i can't eat, or drink, doctors in the morning, anything that helps with the pain other than saltwate?

I had stomach flu, got bactrim (sulfamethoxazole and trimethoprim). Now throat ulcers i can't eat, or drink, doctors in the morning, anything that helps with the pain other than saltwate?

Stop bactrim (sulfamethoxazole and trimethoprim): Bactrim (sulfamethoxazole and trimethoprim) is not indicated for the treatment of viral infections like intestinal flu. You may have a reaction to the Bactrim (sulfamethoxazole and trimethoprim) or now have a viral throat infection. Stop bactrim, (sulfamethoxazole and trimethoprim) gargle and try anesthetic throat lozenges. See your physician if symptoms persist or worsen. ...Read more

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Vomited 3 times tonight so far, diarrhea, bad stomach pain. Ulcer related or stomach flu? Also is it normal to get really hot when vomiting?

Vomited 3 times tonight so far, diarrhea, bad stomach pain. Ulcer related or stomach flu? Also is it normal to get really hot when vomiting?

Usually viral: Most symptoms like this are viral and tent to resolve in 24-48 hours. You may feel hot and you may also chill. This could be other things as well but start simple try to get some clear fluids with sugar in. Popsicles, jello and gatoraide usuall help. If you start to vomit blood or start feeling very lethargic or dry mouth and little urine output you should have someone take you to the er. ...Read more

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I have had bad stomach cramp with a few diarrohea for last few days . Is it an ulcer or flu?

I have had bad stomach cramp with a few diarrohea for last few days . Is it an ulcer or flu?

Maybe, but...: Hard to tell from the information provided. There are so many things that can cause crampy diarrhea--infectious, inflammatory, hemorrhage, ischemia, functional (ibs) just to mention the gastrointestinal possibilities. If mild & no fever or tenderness, stay hydrated & treat symptoms...But if worsening or associated with systemic signs, get to your doctor for evaluation and treatment please. ...Read more

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Help for stomach flu?

Help for stomach flu?

Rest: Most viruses causing GI problems last inly a few days, drinking lots of fluids and rest are best. ...Read more

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How to cure stomach flu?

How to cure stomach flu?

Stomach Flu: It tends to run it's course. Be gentle with your GI tract. Start with clear liquid like water, soda that is clear, or sports hydration drinks. 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

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What treats the stomach flu?

What treats the stomach flu?

Gastroenteritis.: Start w clear liquid like water, slightly flattened soda that is clear, or sports hydration drinks. Sip, sip, sip. Work up to solids w bland foods like bananas, rice, applesauce, toast, gelatin, or chicken. Avoid alcohol, nicotine, caffeine, dairy & high fat foods. Rest. ...Read more

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What to do for a stomach flu?

Stay hydrated.: Start w clear liquid like water, slightly flattened soda that is clear, or sports hydration drinks. Sip, sip, sip. Work up to solids w bland foods like bananas, rice, applesauce, toast, gelatin, or chicken. Avoid alcohol, nicotine, caffeine, dairy & high fat foods. Rest. ...Read more

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Will stomach flu go by itself ?

Will stomach flu go by itself ?

Usually yes: According to the CDC, viral gastroenteritis usually has a duration of 1 to 10 days (depending on the specific virus). The average is 1 to 3 days. ...Read more

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What are the tests for stomach flu?

What are the tests for stomach flu?

Usually none: Stomach flu is usually caused by a virus. There are many viruses that can cause it, and they are quite contagious. The good news is that it goes away on its own and doesn't generally need special testing or treatment (other than making sure you don't get dehydrated!) prolonged vomiting (more than a couple days) or prolonged diarrhea (more than a couple weeks) should prompt a visit to the doctor. ...Read more

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Is vernors good for the stomach flu?

Is vernors good for the stomach flu?

Ginger: Ginger has been shown to have various health benefits and studies show it to be beneficial for the treatment of nausea / vomiting, depending on the cause. Vernon ginger ale may or may not help, but fresh ginger tea or crystallized ginger is healthier and likely to be more effective. ...Read more

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Is there a stomach flu going around?

Possibly: Depends on where you live? As we are at the start of the school year gastroenteritis cases definitely start to increase. ...Read more

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I have had the stomach flu for 3 weeks?

I have had the stomach flu for 3 weeks?

Might not be: stomach flu if it has lasted for 3 weeks. Gastroenteritis symptoms may include: diarrhea , nausea, vomiting, abdominal cramps/pain, headaches, muscular aches & pains as well as fever (low grade). Bloody stools are not usually associated with gastroenteritis. According to the CDC, viral gastroenteritis usually has a duration of 1 to 10 days (depending on the specific virus). The average is 1 to 3 ...Read more

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How to determine you have a stomach flu?

Symptoms: The symptoms of stomach flu (viral gastroenteritis) can include: nausea, vomiting, headache, watery bowel movements (not bloody), abdominal cramps and a low fever. Your physician can confirm diagnosis. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of the stomach flu?

What are the symptoms of the stomach flu?

Gastroenteritis: Gastroenteritis symptoms may include: diarrhea, nausea, vomiting, abdominal cramps/pain, headaches, muscular aches ; pains as well as fever (low grade). Bloody stools are not usually associated with gastroenteritis. ...Read more

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If I have the stomach flu what should I eat?

If I have the stomach flu what should I eat?

Stomach Flu: Start with clear liquid like water, soda that is clear, or sports hydration drinks. Sip, sip, sip. 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

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What types of foods are safe/unsafe while having the stomach flu?

What types of foods are safe/unsafe while having the 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. Rest. ...Read more

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Which foods/drinks are considered the best if you have the stomach flu?

Which foods/drinks are considered the best if you have the stomach flu?

Stomach flu: Start w clear liquid like water, slightly flattened soda that is clear, or sports hydration drinks. Sip, sip, sip. Work up to solids w bland foods like bananas, rice, applesauce, toast, gelatin, or chicken. Avoid alcohol, nicotine, caffeine, dairy & high fat foods. Rest. ...Read more

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Please describe the stomach flu symptoms?

Please describe the stomach flu symptoms?

Viral Gastroenteriti: The symptoms of stomach flu can include: nausea, vomiting, headache, watery bowel movements (not bloody), abdominal cramps and a low fever. ...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


Ulceration (Definition)

An ulcer is a discontinuity or a break in a bodily membrane that impedes the organ of which that membrane is a part from continuing its normal functions. Ulcers are further classified by their location, for example; ...Read more