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Stomach Flu

What is Stomach Flu?

Gastroenteritis, also called stomach flu is an irritation of the stomach and the intestines. It usually goes away (by itself) in a couple of days.

The stomach flu is often called the 24 hour flu because it usually goes away by itself within a couple of days.

Germs which cause stomach flu get into your body through your mouth. Stomach flu usually takes several days for symptoms to appear.

Even though Gastroenteritis is often called the "stomach flu," it is not caused by the influenza viruses.

Symptoms of Stomach Flu

Some of the most common symptoms of Stomach Flu are: diarrhea, fever, headache, dehydration and vomiting. Vomiting and fever may or may not occur, but diarrhea almost always occurs. The symptoms of stomach flu usually takes several days to appear.

What causes Stomach Flu?

Stomach flu is caused by bacteria, viruses and certain parasites. The bacteria, viruses and parasites can be found in soil, wild and pet animals including birds, and humans.

The stomach flu occurs when the germs enter the stomach. Germs that cause the stomach flu usually enter the stomach by mouth.

How Can I Avoid Getting a Stomach Flu?

Since the stomach flu is often spread by putting germs in your mouth, washing your hands is the biggest way you can avoid getting a stomach flu.

Call your Doctor

If you think you have the stomach flu, tell your doctor. Your doctor can prescribe medicine that will help ease symptoms.

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