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What are causes of stomach flu and risks for elderly residents in a RCFE? How could it have been prevented? Length of time of this illness?

What are causes of stomach flu and risks for elderly residents in a RCFE?  How could it have been prevented?  Length of time of this illness?

Stomach flu: is caused by a virus, like norovirus. But in an RCFE I'd also be worried about the bacteria C. difficile. It can be prevented with careful and frequent hand washing among the residents and staff, and keeping contaminated items from being shared. A viral stomach flu lasts as long as 2 weeks, but a C. difficile infection can last longer. ...Read more

Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Flu (Definition)

The flu, otherwise known as influenza, is a viral infection of the nose and throat. Symptoms of influenza include fever, chills, runny nose, muscle aches, fatigue, malaise, headaches, and coughing. Children with the flu often have nausea and vomiting as well. Some strains of the flu are preventable by getting a yearly flu ...Read more


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How aftern can stomach flu cause in 2nd half year child my son is suffering from stomach flu almost every month can is it safe to give them e come?

How aftern can stomach flu cause in 2nd half year child my son is suffering from stomach flu almost every month can is it safe to give them e come?

Recurrent Vomiting: Infections are a common cause of vomiting in infants however the monthly pattern signals the possibility of a chronic or more serious condition such as a blockage in the digestive tract or kidney and brain disorders. Nutritional deficiency is also of concern. Because of the complex causes of recurrent vomiting, your infant should see a Pediatrician soon to provide correct diagnosis and treatment. ...Read more

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Is there a stomach flu that causes constipation?

Is there a stomach flu that causes constipation?

Constipation follows: When you have stomach flu, you are treated with clear liquids and diet is gradually increased and due to lack od solid food in your diet, it may cause constipation till one start eating solid food. ...Read more

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Does nausea medicine always work for nausea caused from stomach "flu" bug? Nothing has helped the nausea yet. I get it on and off through the day.

Does nausea medicine always work for nausea caused from stomach "flu" bug? Nothing has helped the nausea yet. I get it on and off through the day.

It should: There are many types of nausea medicines. You may want to check with your doctor to see if something else should be tried. ...Read more

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It happens that a hemerroid cause stomach pain or stomach flu?

It happens that a hemerroid cause stomach pain or stomach flu?

No: Hemorroids don't cause stomach flu or abdominal pain. The symptoms of stomach flu (viral gastroenteritis) can include: nausea, vomiting, headache, watery bowel movements (not bloody), abdominal cramps and a low fever. ...Read more

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What is the cause of chronic nausea for 2 years after a bout of the stomach flu?

What is the cause of chronic nausea for 2 years after a bout of the stomach flu?

Many: Could be infective like h. Pylori, clostridium difficile if antibiotics were over-prescribed, parasites - all depends on original cause of you stomach "flu". Find a functional medicine doc in your area at a4m.Com to help you explore gut problems with a specialty test like genova cdsa or diagnostechs GI profiles to get to sourcea and then fix it. ...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)

Gastroenteritis is a loose term denoting inflammation of the stomach and small ...Read more