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Stomach Virus Diarrhea Only
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
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
Had a stomach virus last week (diarrhea only), then caught a cold the following week (after my sister had it). Any relation?
Yes it is possible: Can have one without the other.Get a more detailed answer ›
Sure: Some people may only get naseaus. Not everyone gets all the symptoms. ...Read more
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
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
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.
I had a stomach virus almost 2 weeks, the sick feeling in my stomach went away but the diarrhea stayed and now im having abdominal pain?
See doc: Persistent diarrhea 2 weeks down the road needs evaluated please. ...Read more
I am recovering from a stomach virus. All vomitting and diarrhea stopped but my lower abdomen is making gurgling noises. What are the noises?
Gas: Probably Gas. Nothing to worry. As you start eating more, the gas will be passed and gurgling will stop. ...Read more
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
Any medication that stops strong abdominal cramping due to gastroenteritis? Associated with diarrhea and vomiting
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
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
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
Husband's severe upper abdominal pain, blood and CT were good except slightly high WBC and fluid in abdomen. No vomit/diarrhea. Er doc gave morphine and sent home to ride out gastroenteritis. 2nd opn?
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?
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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