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Can a low grade stomach virus (diarrhea only) cause swollen lymph nodes?

Can a low grade stomach virus (diarrhea only) cause swollen lymph nodes?

Not likely: Gastrointestinal illnesses, especially mild ones, may cause enlargement of lymph nodes deep inside the abdomen, but would not be expected to cause lymph node enlargement in places which can be seen or examined easily. Persistent new lumps anywhere warrant medical assessment. ...Read more

Dr. Oscar Novick
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Loose Stools (Definition)

Loose stools is a symptom in which a person's stool (poop) does not hold its shape after it goes into the toilet. Instead of remaining a shaped piece of poop, the poop spreads out in the toilet bowl water. Very loose stool is called diarrhea. Loose stool can be caused by infections, certain foods or drinks, ...Read more


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Had a stomach virus last week (diarrhea only), then caught a cold the following week (after my sister had it). Any relation?

Had a stomach virus last week (diarrhea only), then caught a cold the following week (after my sister had it). Any relation?

Cold: It is likely that you have come in contact with another virus causing respiratory symptoms. I doubt that your symptoms are due to only one viral infection based on your symptoms and timing. ...Read more

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Can I have a stomach virus without diahrea and vomiting?

Can I have a stomach virus without diahrea and vomiting?

Sure: Some people may only get naseaus. Not everyone gets all the symptoms. ...Read more

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I've had what seems to be a stomach virus for almost 3 weeks (vomiting/diarhea) what could this be???

I've had what seems to be a stomach virus for almost 3 weeks (vomiting/diarhea) what could this be???

Need to see your Dr: Acute vomiting and diarrhea is usually due to a viral gastroenteritis but it's unusual for symptoms to last more than 1-2 weeks. You need to see your physician for stool cultures for enteric pathogens (bacteria that can cause gastroenteritis) and ova and parasites (some parasites such as Giardia)can cause these symptoms. ...Read more

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Is it true that when a stomach virus hits, I will vomit and not have diharrea until the virus has moved lower?

Is it true that when a stomach virus hits, I will vomit and not have diharrea until the virus has moved lower?

Not necessarily: Some types of viruses cause nausea and vomiting only, some cause diarrhea too. Sometimes the symptoms come all at once, sometimes they are delayed. It's really impossible to predict. Remember, strict hand washing or sanitization and good food safety practices can prevent many intestinal illnesses. Thanks for trusting HealthTap! ...Read more

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What could be the cause of diarreah and loss of apetite? I thought a stomach virus but this has gone on for a few days now. It also began w/ vomiting.

What could be the cause of diarreah and loss of apetite? I thought a stomach virus but this has gone on for a few days now. It also began w/ vomiting.

Probably virus: Some viral infections last 24 hours, others 1 week. Sometimes the virus is cleared, but symptoms linger at a lower intensity and frequency for weeks to months. Symptoms lasting longer than 2 to 4 weeks should be evaluated by a health care provider. ...Read more

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My wife and kids have been throwing up and have diarreha off and on for the past 24-36 hours. Thinking they have some sort of stomach flu/ virus. Is there anything they can take or do? And, what can I take to ensure I don't get it? Thanks.

My wife and kids have been throwing up and have diarreha off and on for the past 24-36 hours. Thinking they have some sort of stomach flu/ virus. Is there anything they can take or do? And, what can I take to ensure I don't get it? Thanks.

Sounds like it: You're likely correct. For a stomach virus, it's important to maintain hydration (water, sports drinks) and eat a very bland diet as tolerated. Look up the "BRAT" diet. Certainly avoid dairy. As long as there's no fever, it's ok to use loperamide (Imodium) to suppress symptoms. Wash hands frequently and don't share food/glasses etc. See a doc if dehydration or 3 days without improvement. ...Read more

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Hey, I think I might have appendicitis because I have the following symptoms; pain in lower right abdomen, diarrhea, and fever. Or is it stomach flu?

Hey, I think I might have appendicitis because I have the following symptoms; pain in lower right abdomen, diarrhea, and fever. Or is it stomach flu?

If worried, see doc: The classic symptoms of appendicitis are abdominal pain localizing to the right lower quadrant (rlq) of the abdomen, some nausea and vomiting, and lack of appetite. On exam, there is rlq tenderness. If the appendix has ruptured, pain and tenderness may be throughout the abdomen. Labs generally show elevated white blood count. Abdominal ultrasound or ct scan are increasingly used for dx. ...Read more

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When should we see a doc for the stomach flu? 24 hrs of violent vomiting, diarrhea, and fever (101.8*) so far, no appetite, some abdominal aches.

When should we see a doc for the stomach flu? 24 hrs of violent vomiting, diarrhea, and fever (101.8*) so far, no appetite, some abdominal aches.

Clear liquids: Drink frequent sips of clear liquids, such as sport drinks or flat ginger ale. Monitor your urine output. If you have fewer than three voids in a day, or your urine looks very dark yellow, then you are dehydrated and may need to be seen in an urgent care or emergency room. ...Read more

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Had stomach flu for 5 days. Day 1 vomiting and diarrhea and bad stomach pain. Day 2 diarrhea and abdominal pain. Still have abdominal pain and gas.

Had stomach flu for 5 days. Day 1 vomiting and diarrhea and bad stomach pain. Day 2 diarrhea and abdominal pain. Still have abdominal pain and gas.

Gastroenteritis: A viral gastroenteritis is likely. Treatment consists of resting, drinking adequate amounts of room temperature fluids including flat ginger ale to settle nausea, light diet of broths and saltine crackers, no roughage, kaopectate to control diarrhea and Tylenol to relieve aches and pains. Symptoms should gradually improve over a few days. See your MD if abdominal pain persists or symptoms worsen. ...Read more

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Yesterday I had the stomach flu with loose stools and vomiting, no fever! Today I have a sore neck and headache, is this normal? What should I do?

Yesterday I had the stomach flu with loose stools and vomiting, no fever! Today I have a sore neck and headache, is this normal? What should I do?

Likely a virus: Hello. It's likely that you have a virus, but you shuold follow-up with your primary doctor if your symptoms do not remit over the next 24 hours. ...Read more

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How to cure the stomach virus?

How to cure the stomach virus?

You don't "cure" it: 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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I have a stomach virus, what to do?

I have a stomach virus, what to do?

See answer: Stomach viruses (viral gatroenteritis) are common and usually go away with supportive care. Drink clear liquids (starve a virus) for 18-24 hours, than slowly increase your diet to soft "brat" diet, and as tolerated, you can slowly increase to a regular diet. Nausea meds may be helpful too. Usually, in time 1-3 days, you will feel better as it runs its course. Best wishes. ...Read more

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Wats the symptoms of the stomach virus?

Wats the symptoms of the stomach virus?

Stomach virus/bug: Common symptoms - bloating, gas, loose stools, diarrhea, nausea, mild fever, may have cramps. ...Read more

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How to keep from getting stomach virus?

How to keep from getting stomach virus?

Wash hands: Good handwashing is the number one way to prevent infection transmitted by hand to hand contact. Try not to share foods or silverware and dishes if you know someone is ill and, stay away from people who are sick, . ...Read more

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Is it possible for stomach virus to stay for 7 months?

Possibly: A viral infection is typically an acute illness (weeks) and at this point you are describing a chronic syndrome (months). As far as infections go, CMV and herpes virus (viruses) and h. Pylori (a bacteria) are associated with chronic gastritis, as well as parasites and more rare types of bacteria. However, there are many non-infectious causes and it may be time to revisit your pcp or GI doctor. ...Read more

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How to treat stomach virus?

How to treat stomach virus?

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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How contagious is the stomach virus?

How contagious is the stomach virus?

Stomach virus: There is not one specific virus capable of producing acute gastroenteritis, and when it occurs it is communicable generally by the fecal/oral route. Somebody with the virus handles your food or water and you become infected. ...Read more

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Can a stomach virus cause acid reflux?

Can a stomach virus cause acid reflux?

Possible: If you start with a viral illness, the bacterial flora of the gut (good bacteria normally there) can get thrown off balance. Also h.Pylori bacteria can cause reflux issues. Probiotics as well as otc medications for reflux can be helpful. If symptoms last more than 2 wks, see your family physician. ...Read more

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Can I drink powerade with the stomach virus?

Can I drink powerade with the stomach virus?

That will likely be: Fine. Drink water too. 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

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


Dr. Stephen Scholand
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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