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What can I do to cure gastroenteritis (my stomach flu)?

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Dr. Alan Levine
Pediatrics
2 doctors agree

In brief: Fluid replacement

There is no "cure"for a viral gastroenteritis.
The important thing is to keep up with fluid losses--usually staring with small volumes of fluid and increasing as tolerated. Food and fluid if diarrhea is the problem. If that does not work, IV fluids may be needed, or an anti-emetic, such as zofran (ondansetron).

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In brief: Fluid replacement

There is no "cure"for a viral gastroenteritis.
The important thing is to keep up with fluid losses--usually staring with small volumes of fluid and increasing as tolerated. Food and fluid if diarrhea is the problem. If that does not work, IV fluids may be needed, or an anti-emetic, such as zofran (ondansetron). Get your question answered live by a real doctor ›
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Dr. Alan Levine
Pediatrics , 27 years in practice
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry
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In brief: Not cured.

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.

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In brief: Not cured.

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. See a doctor now ›
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Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry , 18 years in practice
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Board Certified, Internal Medicine
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