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how do you get rid of stomach flu?!


Question: How do you get rid of stomach flu?
i have the stomach flu how do you make it better?

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Home treatment consists of adequate fluid intake so that dehydration is prevented. The recommended fluids are clear fluids (Pedialyte, especially for young children, Gatorade, Powerade, and other similar drinks) but not fruit juices or milk. If dehydration occurs, the affected individual should be evaluated by a health care practitioner, who is likely to begin IV rehydration, the treatment of choice for rapid rehydration.

Medications may be prescribed to reduce the symptoms of gastroenteritis (stomach flu), for example, promethazine (Phenergan), prochlorperazine (Compazine) or ondansetron (Zofran) may be prescribed to reduce vomiting. Some physicians suggest using these only as a suppository (or IV) since patients frequently just vomit the pills up. Others may prescribe diphenoxylate and atropine (Lomotil) or loperamide (Imodium) to slow diarrhea. Many clinicians simply suggest no treatment for gastroenteritis symptoms as all of the drugs have side effects, and the clinicians figure that if the patient stays well hydrated, the symptoms will soon stop anyway.

Once the gastroenteritis symptoms abate, especially vomiting, clinicians recommend a BRAT diet (bananas, rice, apples and toast) for a day or two before beginning a regular diet.

Individuals that have more serious symptoms, or other symptoms in addition to gastroenteritis need to be evaluated, diagnosed, and treated by a physician because the patient will likely have a specific disease that will need treatment. The treatment will depend on the cause of the illness (for example, salmonellosis or Clostridium difficile toxin). Administration of antibiotics and other treatments may be contraindicated for some of these diseases, so an accurate diagnosis is important.

Hope you feel better
MP



It will go on its own in a few days but make sure you drink plenty of fluids to stay hydrated also the B.R.A.T. diet will help with the diarrhea and vomiting

hope you feel better soon

nurse




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