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Doctor insights on: Symptoms Of Stomach Flu Virus

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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. Sandra Lora Cremers
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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: Seasonal influenza is a highly contagious respiratory illness characterized by fever, body aches, cough as the primary symptoms. Stomach flu, sometimes known as gastroenteritis, is diarrhea and vomiting. The flu shot will not protect you from stomach flu, but will reduce the liklihood of you catching influenza or reduce its severity. Great question! this is a common misconception. ...Read more

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
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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