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Symptoms Of Stomach Flu Virus
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
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
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??
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
I went to the doctors and found out I am just getting over a stomach flu/virus . She said my pains in my side and back are normal. How long will they ?
Varies: 7-10 days is not uncommon.Get a more detailed answer ›
It can be all these: Yes it can present as all these symptoms and more. ...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
How do viruses only effect certain systems... In other words what's to stop a flu virus from entering the stomach and causing gastroenteritis?
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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
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
Is 24 hr "stomach flu" (vomiting) usually from a virus (eg., norovirus) or bad food? I'm guessing most cases are the former??
GI flu: You are correct. Rather than guess go to uptodate.com and find out. ...Read more
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