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How can you tell the diff between a stomach virus in a 19 year old vs if he ingested an illicit drug? He has vomiting, fever, diarrhea, exhaustion.

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Dr. Gregg Albers
Addiction Medicine
5 doctors agree

In brief: Stomach Virus

Most people who have a fever, muscle aches, tiredness, and any drainage in the nose or throat have a virus.
Often they have a coworker, friend, family member with a similar contagious illness. When you have these symptoms, and get nausea, vomiting, cramping and or diarrhea, these are all signs of a stomach flu. Withdrawal from drugs produces no fever, but similar stomach symptoms.

In brief: Stomach Virus

Most people who have a fever, muscle aches, tiredness, and any drainage in the nose or throat have a virus.
Often they have a coworker, friend, family member with a similar contagious illness. When you have these symptoms, and get nausea, vomiting, cramping and or diarrhea, these are all signs of a stomach flu. Withdrawal from drugs produces no fever, but similar stomach symptoms.
Dr. Gregg Albers
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Dr. Slade Suchecki
Family Medicine
3 doctors agree

In brief: Xtasy

"x" could cause fevers.
Very similar to a serotonin syndrome. If you ask, he/she may just tell you. If they are so sick and cannot tell you, call 911 or get them to er. There are blood tests to confirm ingestion. May benefit for IV fluids, antiemetics, and if ingestion, may need stomach pumped.

In brief: Xtasy

"x" could cause fevers.
Very similar to a serotonin syndrome. If you ask, he/she may just tell you. If they are so sick and cannot tell you, call 911 or get them to er. There are blood tests to confirm ingestion. May benefit for IV fluids, antiemetics, and if ingestion, may need stomach pumped.
Dr. Slade Suchecki
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3 doctors agree

In brief: Fever

If the fever is significant (e.
g. Greater than 101) then it is likely viral and not an ingestion.

In brief: Fever

If the fever is significant (e.
g. Greater than 101) then it is likely viral and not an ingestion.
Dr. Stephen Apfelroth
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Dr. Ed Friedlander
Pathology
2 doctors agree

In brief: Probably not drug

If the person is 19 years old, they are an adult and you have no power over whether they are using and the question is moot.
However, the vast majority of sudden upset stomachs, especially in winter, without an obvious cause (i.e., alcohol or overeating) are viral; a few of these produce a fever.

In brief: Probably not drug

If the person is 19 years old, they are an adult and you have no power over whether they are using and the question is moot.
However, the vast majority of sudden upset stomachs, especially in winter, without an obvious cause (i.e., alcohol or overeating) are viral; a few of these produce a fever.
Dr. Ed Friedlander
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