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Toddler with tongue sores, swollen gums, stinky breath, and fever. What is it?

Toddler with tongue sores, swollen gums, stinky breath, and fever. What is it?

ANUG: It could be acute necrotizing ulcerative gingivitis which is what you described so see your pediatric md or dds. ...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


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Swollen sore throat, migranes, swollen gums and a high fever? What causes this?

Swollen sore throat, migranes, swollen gums and a high fever? What causes this?

Viral infection: These symptoms may be caused by an oral herpetic infection. It is best to see your dentist or physician for an evaluation. ...Read more

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My 3 year old niece has red swollen gums and a fever--what could it be?

My 3 year old niece has red swollen gums and a fever--what could it be?

Viral infection: Those symptoms are consistent with one of many viruses three year olds get that cause gingivitis. Teething generally doesn't cause fever. If other symptoms are present such as loose stools, malaise, decreased appetite, or cold symptoms, then it is quite likely a viral infection. ...Read more

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I have had swollen gums across the top of my mouth and swollen lymph node on the left side for a couple days! No fever or anything! What is this?

I have had swollen gums across the top of my mouth and swollen lymph node on the left side for a couple days! No fever or anything! What is this?

Gingivitis?: That's the first guess; periodontitis or a tooth abscess would be a second and third guess. But you want a definite answer. For that, make an appointment with a local dentist who can examine you and advise you of your treatment options. ...Read more

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What can I do to treat stomach flu?

What can I do to treat 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 more

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What can you do to help a stomach flu?

What can you do to help a stomach flu?

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 more

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Can the stomach flu go away on its own?

Yes: Viral Gastroenteritis usually resolves without specific treatments. ...Read more

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Can we take packet soups during stomach flu.

Can we take packet soups during stomach flu.

Yes: When having the stomach flu, you should take in plenty of fluid to replace losses. Even when sick, we can still absorb fluids from our stomach and intestine, so keep pushing the fluids. If you can tolerate the soup, go ahead and drink it. ...Read more

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How do I know if I got tha stomach flu?

How do I know if I got tha 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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How can I recover from the stomach flu?

How can I recover from 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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What can you do to treat the stomach flu?

What can you do to treat the stomach flu?

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

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How to get the stomach flu out of your system?

How to get the stomach flu out of your system?

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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I am recovering from a stomach flu. What to eat?

Stomach Flu: Drink water to hydrate yourself. You can also have clear soups / broths, unsweetened juices or oral rehydration solutions. You want to be gentle with your diet so that your GI track can recover. Stay away from dairy, leafy vegetables & most fruits initially. Caffeine & alcohol should be avoided as well as any dark carbonated beverages. ...Read more

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How can the norvovirus and/or stomach flu spread?

Person to Person: Most stomach virus are spread via fecal-oral route. Frequent hand washing is best prevention. ...Read more

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What foods can you eat when you have the stomach flu?

What foods can you eat when 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 tell me can dogs be carriers of the stomach flu?

Please tell me can dogs be carriers of the stomach flu?

Don't know stomach: Flu viruses. Zoonoses effecting dogs that can be directly or indirectly
transmitted to humans & that involve the GI tract of one or
the other include: Salmonellosis (bacteria), Giardiasis
(intestinal protozoa), Strongyloidiasis (parasite) &
Campylobacter enteritis (bacteria). Don't know of any intestinal
flu that is transmitted between dog & human. ...Read more

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For what length of time can a person have the stomach flu?

For what length of time can a person have the stomach flu?

See below: In general the GI tract replaces its lining every 3-7 days so most cases resolve in the same period. If it lasts longer than this there is a suggestion you are reinfecting yourself. ...Read more

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Symptoms of stomach flu vs. Symptoms from eating bad food?

Symptoms of stomach flu vs. Symptoms from eating bad food?

Sometimes the same.: With either one, you can have nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain, and diarrhea, although fever is less often due to food poisoning. If more than one person ate a specific food at the same time and both developed symptoms at about the same time, that increases the likelihood that it's food poisoning. ...Read more

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Is there a good way to make the stomach flu shorter in duration?

Is there a good way to make the stomach flu shorter in duration?

You must be very: Gentle with your GI tract. 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. Some stomach virus infections have a longer duration than others. ...Read more

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I have stomach flu or just too much to eat, what to do for relief?

I have stomach flu or just too much to eat, what to do for 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

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If everyone in my family has it, how do I avoid catching the stomach flu?

If everyone in my family has it, how do I avoid catching the stomach flu?

Avoid Stomach Flu: > Wash your hands before touching your eyes, nose or mouth. Wash wi warm water & soap for 20 seconds. Hand-sanitizer doesn't kill Norovirus. Use paper towel to turn off faucet & open door when exiting a public restroom. Antiseptic wipes can be used on doorknobs, keyboards & other surfaces if diluted bleach is not available. Wash dishes in dishwasher (vice hand-washing). Clean clothes which may > ...Read more

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How long is the stomach flu contagious?

How long is the stomach flu contagious?

Depends: The contagious period from oral secretions often begins just before the first fever untill fever has been gone 24hr. The germ may be found in the stool for another 4-6 wks. ...Read more

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Why stomach flu associate with headache?

See below: Headaches are a general symptom of many viral illnesses, even stomach (GI) illnesses. This is due to the viral load triggering the general inflammatory response and with a stomach bug, if vomiting and diarrhea, could also be due to dehydration as well. Keep hydrated, and pain meds as needed. ...Read more

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How do I prevent getting the stomach flu?

No guarantee: Best chance for prevention is get a flu shot, stay away from anyone who may have it, use disinfectant often. ...Read more

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How do I prevent getting the "stomach flu"?

How do I prevent getting the "stomach flu"?

Wash your hands: The viruses that cause stomach bugs are spread by contact and enter the body through your mouth, nose, or eyes. The best thing is to wash your hands well with soap and water. And do not rub your eyes or nose or touch your mouth with unwashed hands. Viruses also can travel in food or drinks. No sharing cups or food. Many viruses are contagious before symptoms, so looking well is no guarantee. ...Read more

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How can you tell if your toddler has a stomach flu?

How can you tell if your toddler has a stomach flu?

Vomiting: If he's vomiting and/or has diarrhea most likely he has the stomach flu especially if he's been around other people that have been sick. Usually it runs it's course in 24 hours if he's sick beyond that you should see your pediatrician. ...Read more

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How do doctors stop the stomach flu from spreading?

How do doctors stop the stomach flu from spreading?

Avoid contacts: Please keep your environment clean so the flu bug is not spread within your home. ...Read more

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Could I have cardiomyopathy after the stomach flu? How would I know?

Could I have cardiomyopathy after the stomach flu? How would I know?

It could happen: But your chances are overwhelmingly in favor of doing fine. A lot of gastro-intestinal viruses can cause cardiomyopathy but it is usually a combination of the bug and the patient's genetic predisposition of developing the disease. Symptoms can be very non-specific like palpitations, shortness of breath and increased fatigueability. The diagnosis can be made with an echocardiogram. See your doc. ...Read more

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How would you know if your child has the stomach flu or appendicitis?

How would you know if your child has the stomach flu or appendicitis?

Sxs: Appendicitis pain can start with mild pain around the belly button. The pain worsens over time. It can become sharp with loss of appetite, nausea, vomiting & possibly a fever. The pain usually moves toward the right lower quadrant of abdomen. Bouncing or jolting will often make the pain worse. Appendicitis can have varying presentations. Go to er for severe abdominal pain. ...Read more

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How to prevent the stomach flu when you feel like you've already caught it?

How to prevent the stomach flu when you feel like you've already caught it?

Not much...: All you can do is wash hands frequently, avoid others who are known to have it, etc. Once you have it, im not aware of anything you can do to prevent it. See your doctor for medications to help you through it, though. ...Read more

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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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Have symptoms of menigitis but not sure it could be stomach flu do I go to drasap?

Have symptoms of menigitis but not sure it could be stomach flu do I go to drasap?

Send us symptoms: It is very unlikely that you have meningitis if you are able to communicate, type, etc. It is so much better here on health tap to describe your symptoms and not make assumptions about what you have. Please re-ask the question with your symptoms. ...Read more

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How to get rid of stomach flu fast?

How to get rid of stomach flu fast?

Supportive care: Since stomach flu (viral gastroenteritis) is a virus, there's nothing that kills it. However, taking electrolyte-rich fluids, a bland low-sugar/high fat diet, and rest helps with the symptoms and keeps you hydrated. Probiotics also help your intestines recover. I hope you feel better soon! ...Read more

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How can you get rid of the stomach flu?

How can you get rid of the stomach flu?

Wait: There is no cure for the viruses that cause gastroenteritis (stomach flu). The most important thing for you is to keep yourself well hydrated during the time it takes for your body to clear the virus. ...Read more

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Is the GI bug the same as the stomach flu?

Yes: The cause of stomach flu or GI bug infection is the norwalk-like virus (nlv), also called norovirus. This group of viruses causes diarrhea, nausea, vomiting, fever, headache, fatigue and abdominal cramping within 12-48 hours of infection. Symptoms typically last 1-3 days, after which they resolve. The infection is rarely fatal & is self-limiting. Treatment is usually symptomatic. ...Read more

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Can adults get the rotavirus or stomach flu?

Can adults get the rotavirus or stomach flu?

Yes: As an adult, you have more than likely been infected with the virus as a child and have some degree of immunity. Should you contract the infection, your symptoms will be less severe than a child contracting the infection for the first time. ...Read more

Swollen Gums (Definition)

Swelling in the gums is often the symptom of gingivitis or possilby more advanced periodontal disease. Left untreated, it can lead to tooth loss as well as many systemic problems- increased risk of stroke, heart attack, colon ...Read more


Dr. Stephen Scholand
1,259 Doctors shared insights

Gastroenteritis (Definition)

A condition in which a person has vomiting and diarrhea due to an infection with "stomach flu" viruses. It is contagious, and usually resolves without treatment except for over-the-counter Pedialyte or other ...Read more