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Intestinal Flu


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  • Definition Viral gastroenteritis is present when a virus causes an infection of the stomach and intestine. The infection can lead to diarrhea and vomiting. It is sometimes called the "stomach flu."[account.allinahealth.org]
Fever
  • Stocking your pantry and medicine cabinet with a few bottles or powder packs of an oral rehydration solution such as Pedialyte , a thermometer, a few cans of broth-based soups, and a fever reducer can make life a whole lot easier next time the stomach[nutritionnews.abbott]
  • Do not use these medicines without talking to your provider if you have bloody diarrhea, a fever, or if the diarrhea is severe. Do not give these medicines to children.[account.allinahealth.org]
  • We're seeing a lot of patients coming in with vomiting, diarrhea, abdominal cramping, fevers, all that kind of stuff, " she said. "It's definitely here, it's definitely hitting and it's hitting pretty hard."[eu.indystar.com]
  • In viral gastroenteritis, other symptoms such as fever, headache, body aches, chills, and fatigue can occur, leading to much of the confusion between the flu and gastroenteritis.[badgut.org]
  • When you have stomach flu, you may have one or more of the following symptoms: nausea vomiting stomach cramps diarrhea mild fever fatigue chills loss of appetite muscle aches The illness may develop over a period of hours, or it may suddenly start with[wsupgdocs.org]
Weakness
  • Other clear liquids you can drink are weak tea and apple juice. You may also drink soft drinks without caffeine (such as 7-UP) after letting them go flat (lose their carbonation). It may be easier to keep down liquids that are cold.[wsupgdocs.org]
  • Blurred or double vision, trouble swallowing, trouble breathing, or muscle weakness after eating canned food could be signs of botulism.[badgut.org]
Fatigue
  • This inflammation leads to diarrhea and/or vomiting, as well as complications from these symptoms, such as abdominal pain, dehydration, and fatigue.[badgut.org]
  • When you have stomach flu, you may have one or more of the following symptoms: nausea vomiting stomach cramps diarrhea mild fever fatigue chills loss of appetite muscle aches The illness may develop over a period of hours, or it may suddenly start with[wsupgdocs.org]
Poor Feeding
  • Common symptoms include: Abdominal pain Diarrhea Nausea and vomiting Other symptoms may include: Chills, clammy skin, or sweating Fever Joint stiffness or muscle pain Poor feeding Weight loss Treatment The goal of treatment is to make sure the body has[account.allinahealth.org]
Weight Loss
  • Common symptoms include: Abdominal pain Diarrhea Nausea and vomiting Other symptoms may include: Chills, clammy skin, or sweating Fever Joint stiffness or muscle pain Poor feeding Weight loss Treatment The goal of treatment is to make sure the body has[account.allinahealth.org]
Nausea
  • Foods to try include: Cereals, bread, potatoes, lean meats Plain yogurt, bananas, fresh apples Vegetables If you have diarrhea and are unable to drink or keep down fluids because of nausea or vomiting, you may need fluids through a vein (IV).[account.allinahealth.org]
  • York Daily Record Published 11:09 AM EST Feb 11, 2019 A combination of nausea, stomach pain, diarrhea and vomiting could be a sign that you've caught the bug.[eu.ydr.com]
  • While people often refer to symptoms like nausea, cramping, vomiting and diarrhea as the stomach flu or a stomach bug, the official term is gastroenteritis.[nutritionnews.abbott]
  • Things to avoid For many, nausea and pink liquid go hand and hand.[eu.indystar.com]
  • Sometimes treatment includes prescription medicine to prevent nausea and vomiting or diarrhea. Nonprescription medicine is available for the treatment of diarrhea and can be very effective.[wsupgdocs.org]
Abdominal Pain
  • (Reuters Health) - A widely-used probiotic therapy is ineffective against the diarrhea, vomiting and abdominal pain of gastroenteritis, two large studies in the U.S. and Canada have concluded.[reuters.com]
  • pain Bloody stools or vomit 6.[nutritionnews.abbott]
  • Common symptoms include: Abdominal pain Diarrhea Nausea and vomiting Other symptoms may include: Chills, clammy skin, or sweating Fever Joint stiffness or muscle pain Poor feeding Weight loss Treatment The goal of treatment is to make sure the body has[account.allinahealth.org]
  • This inflammation leads to diarrhea and/or vomiting, as well as complications from these symptoms, such as abdominal pain, dehydration, and fatigue.[badgut.org]
Severe Abdominal Pain
Loss of Appetite
  • When you have stomach flu, you may have one or more of the following symptoms: nausea vomiting stomach cramps diarrhea mild fever fatigue chills loss of appetite muscle aches The illness may develop over a period of hours, or it may suddenly start with[wsupgdocs.org]
  • Persistent diarrhea and vomiting can lead to abdominal pain, stomach cramps, loss of appetite, and dehydration. In young children, diarrhea and vomiting can cause an electrolyte imbalance, which is very dangerous and can lead to death if untreated.[badgut.org]
Food Poisoning
  • It could be a norovirus illness, which has often been called the "stomach bug", "stomach flu" and "food poisoning", but one thing remains true - it's pretty excruciating.[eu.ydr.com]
Ulcer
  • Some other potential, but rare, complications from gastroenteritis include developing ulcerative colitis, aortic aneurysm, or reactive arthritis in the months after the infection. 4 Causes Viral, bacterial, or parasitic infections cause most cases of[badgut.org]
Joint Stiffness
  • Common symptoms include: Abdominal pain Diarrhea Nausea and vomiting Other symptoms may include: Chills, clammy skin, or sweating Fever Joint stiffness or muscle pain Poor feeding Weight loss Treatment The goal of treatment is to make sure the body has[account.allinahealth.org]
Arthritis
  • Some other potential, but rare, complications from gastroenteritis include developing ulcerative colitis, aortic aneurysm, or reactive arthritis in the months after the infection. 4 Causes Viral, bacterial, or parasitic infections cause most cases of[badgut.org]
Muscle Weakness
  • Blurred or double vision, trouble swallowing, trouble breathing, or muscle weakness after eating canned food could be signs of botulism.[badgut.org]
Headache
  • This can lead to dehydration, making you feel lethargic, or giving you a headache and making you feel even worse.[nutritionnews.abbott]
  • In viral gastroenteritis, other symptoms such as fever, headache, body aches, chills, and fatigue can occur, leading to much of the confusion between the flu and gastroenteritis.[badgut.org]
Dizziness
  • You should also contact your provider if you or your child has these symptoms: Blood in the stool Confusion Dizziness Dry mouth Feeling faint Nausea No tears when crying No urine for 8 hours or more Sunken appearance to the eyes Sunken soft spot on an[account.allinahealth.org]
  • Some symptoms, such as producing no urine or only very small amounts of urine, having a very dry mouth or sunken eyes, experiencing a fast or irregular heartbeat or quickened breathing, feeling dizzy and light-headed, and not being alert can point to[badgut.org]
Confusion
  • You should also contact your provider if you or your child has these symptoms: Blood in the stool Confusion Dizziness Dry mouth Feeling faint Nausea No tears when crying No urine for 8 hours or more Sunken appearance to the eyes Sunken soft spot on an[account.allinahealth.org]
  • In viral gastroenteritis, other symptoms such as fever, headache, body aches, chills, and fatigue can occur, leading to much of the confusion between the flu and gastroenteritis.[badgut.org]

Workup

Giardia Lamblia
  • Protozoa such as Giardia lamblia and Cryptosporidium parvum can also cause gastroenteritis. Most individuals who become infected with these parasites do so from consuming contaminated water. They also spread from contact with an infected individual.[badgut.org]

Treatment

  • There is no effective treatment and doctors mostly try to keep the child hydrated and prevent the disease from spreading until the illness runs its course.[reuters.com]
  • Common symptoms include: Abdominal pain Diarrhea Nausea and vomiting Other symptoms may include: Chills, clammy skin, or sweating Fever Joint stiffness or muscle pain Poor feeding Weight loss Treatment The goal of treatment is to make sure the body has[account.allinahealth.org]
  • Prevention and Management Treatment will vary depending on the source of gastroenteritis.[badgut.org]
  • Sometimes treatment includes prescription medicine to prevent nausea and vomiting or diarrhea. Nonprescription medicine is available for the treatment of diarrhea and can be very effective.[wsupgdocs.org]
  • Peach syrup for vomiting It might be all the rage on social media, but Stuckwisch said that fruit syrup is not on her list of suggested treatments for nausea. "I had to look it up because it was something I had not heard before," she said.[eu.indystar.com]

Prognosis

  • Outlook (Prognosis) For most people, the illness goes away in a few days without treatment. Possible Complications Severe dehydration can occur in infants and young children.[account.allinahealth.org]
  • Studies have found that post-infectious IBS affects between 5-32% of those who experience gastroenteritis. 3 However, the prognosis is good for this type of IBS, with symptoms typically gone soon after developing, without need for treatment.[badgut.org]

Prevention

  • Preventing the stomach flu The CDC recommends the following tips to prevent getting a norovirus.[eu.ydr.com]
  • Think Prevention It's impossible to avoid the stomach flu completely, but there are steps that you and your family can take to prevent it.[nutritionnews.abbott]
  • What can I do to help prevent stomach flu? The single, most helpful way to prevent the spread of stomach flu is frequent, thorough hand washing. Also, avoid contact with the body fluids of an infected person, including saliva.[wsupgdocs.org]
  • Prevention Most viruses and bacteria are passed from person to person by unwashed hands. The best way to prevent stomach flu is to handle food properly and wash your hands thoroughly after using the toilet.[account.allinahealth.org]
  • Prevention and Management Treatment will vary depending on the source of gastroenteritis.[badgut.org]

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