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How long does stomach flu virus stay on surfaces? Does it eventually die off?

How long does stomach flu virus stay on surfaces? Does it eventually die off?

Depends on virus: Most viruses are inactivated by the drying that occurs on surfaces. Some may remain active for more than a day, but all will eventually die off. ...Read more

Dr. Milton Alvis Jr
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Influenza (Definition)

Influenza is a viral respiratory infection that causes cough, fever, chills, sore throat, muscle aches and headache. While most healthy people suffer few complications from the flu, it can be deadly for pregnant women, babies and children, the elderly and those with weak immune systems. That's why it's so important to get the flu shot to protect yourself ...Read more


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I have this really bad stomach flu / virus & it's suppose to last a wk or so, is there anything I could do to make it go away sooner or to hurt less??

I have this really bad stomach flu / virus & it's suppose to last a wk or so, is there anything I could do to make it go away sooner or to hurt less??

Tamaflu: assuming you do have the flu, Tamiflu (oseltamivir) is designed to shorten the duration of the illness. If you are not taking Tamiflu (oseltamivir), you might want to talk to your doctor or us about this. ...Read more

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How can I stop my taco bell induced stomach flu virus?

How can I stop my taco bell induced stomach flu virus?

GI upset.: In general- 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 stomach discomfort be stomach flu, virus, anxiety related?

Can stomach discomfort be stomach flu, virus, anxiety related?

It can be all these: Yes it can present as all these symptoms and more. ...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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How do viruses only effect certain systems... In other words what's to stop a flu virus from entering the stomach and causing gastroenteritis?

How do viruses only effect certain systems... In other words what's to stop a flu virus from entering the stomach and causing gastroenteritis?

Viral infection: Great question. Cell tropism of individual viruses remains a mystery and major question in control of infection and development of antiviral agents. Wish i could answer this definitively but cannot. ...Read more

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If the flu virus gets in the stomach, can it cause gastroenteritis instead of a respiratory illness?

If the flu virus gets in the stomach, can it cause gastroenteritis instead of a respiratory illness?

No: Gastroenteritis is caused by various viruses including rotaviruses, noroviruses ; adenoviruses but is not caused by influenza virus. The term "stomach flu" is a misnomer as it had nothing to do with true influenza. Influenza can cause some GI symptoms, but, unlike gastroenteritis, influenza virus always causes respiratory symptoms like sore throat and cough. ...Read more

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Is the stomach flu the same as seasonal influenza?

Is the stomach flu the same as seasonal influenza?

No: Usually the seasonal influenza refers to respiratory infection or lung infection while stomach flu refers to virus that specializes in the gastrointestinal tract that usually leads to diarrhea or nausea or vomiting. ...Read more

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Can pedialyte cure vomitting due to stomach flu or virus in adults?

Can pedialyte cure vomitting due to stomach flu or virus in adults?

No: During episodes of diarrhea & vomiting, a body rapidly loses vital minerals and nutrients, which can quickly lead to dehydration. Using pedialyte at the first signs of diarrhea and vomiting can help reduce the risk of dehydration.Pedialyte is an electrolyte replacement beverage and not directly a cure for vomiting. ...Read more

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What's the difference between the norwalk virus and the stomach flu?

What's the difference between the norwalk virus and the stomach flu?

Sometimes None: Norwalk virus causes symtoms that most would classify as "stomach flu". They can include nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, abdominal pain, muscle aches, headache, tiredness and low-grade fever. Lasts 24- 48 hrs (longer in kids) usually resolving on its own. There are no known long- term effects after recovery from this infection. Importance is to stay well-hydrated and treat symptoms. ...Read more

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Should i take immodium and or gravol with the stomach flu? Or will it make me more ill , keeping the virus in my body ? Thanks

Should i take immodium and or gravol with the stomach flu? Or will it make me more ill , keeping the virus in my body ? Thanks

Stay hydrated: When fighting the "stomach flu" (which is not always influenza), the most important thing is to stay hydrated. Take small sips of water and/or dilute gatorade, or pedialyte. If you vomit it up, wait 30 min or so and try again, slowly. If you can't keep anything down, er. Anti-diarrhea meds aren't bad but you should consult your doctor, as it could mask other things. Hydration is still the key. ...Read more

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I was told the stomach flu (norwalk virus) is only killed by bleach. True?

I was told the stomach flu (norwalk virus) is only killed by bleach. True?

That is not true: Stomalk flu virus is not killed by bleach . Treatment, like any other viral gastro-enteritis is best managed by hydration'. ...Read more

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Can u get the stomach flu from the same virus twice in a row?

Can u get the stomach flu from the same virus  twice in a row?

Variant: Viruses mutate and can cause repeated illnesses, but are you sure this is the stomach flu? If your GI symptoms keep recurring, you may need to have them checked by a doctor. ...Read more

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How can I avoid the stomach flu or the stomach virus when my baby sister, younger brother, and older sister have it?

How can I avoid the stomach flu or the stomach virus when my baby sister, younger brother, and older sister have it?

Hand washing : Contact with the virus is what can assist with acquiring it. If you keep things clean, where gloves when cleaning up after your sick siblings and washing your hands regularly esp. If it is after contact with your sibs clothing, bedding or oral care products should minimize your risk if you are caring for them. Limited exposure also should decrease risk. ...Read more

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Been throwing up after catching stomach flu from coworker. When does vomiting stop, when I have expelled virus or when my body fights it off?

Been throwing up after catching stomach flu from coworker.  When does vomiting  stop, when I have expelled virus or when my body fights it off?

Variable: Dianefuru, Viral gastroenteritis can cause nausea, vomiting and diarrhea. Symptoms can persist even after the viral infection has cleared due to irritation of the intestinal tract. In some cases, diarrhea can persist for weeks, although this is not usually the case. Normally the nausea and vomiting only last a few days at most. ...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