Stomach Flu Treatment Online

The stomach flu (gastroenteritis) is when your stomach and intestines are inflamed and irritated. The cause is typically a viral or bacterial infection.

Stomach Flu

Stomach flu symptoms can vary, but patients typically experience:

  • Cramps
  • Stomach pain
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • And more.

Diagnosing and Treating the Stomach Flu Online

The stomach flu is one of the most commonly treated conditions on Amwell. The stomach flu is an intestinal infection that spreads very easily. It's typically spread when one comes in contact with an infected person or through contaminated food or water. Doctors can help determine if you have gastroenteritis and if treatment is needed, or if a referral to a specialist is required.

During a video consult on Amwell your doctor will ask you a series of targeted questions to determine if your symptoms point to stomach flu. Then your provider will proceed to determine the best treatment plan for you. Your provider may recommend in-person examination by a specialist if this is needed. Your treatment plan is based on the duration and severity of your symptoms and your medical history. The stomach flu can be spread many ways, so our doctors could ask questions intended to find the source of the illness.

Once a diagnosis has been made, your doctor will go over the risks. If you have been diagnosed with the stomach flu, it is essential to prevent dehydration. Some tips for preventing dehydration, after getting diagnosed with the stomach flu, include:

  • Give a child an oral rehydration solution
  • Give an adult as much clear fluid as possible
  • Drink fluids slowly in frequent, small amounts

Note: To assess the severity of your infection the doctor may ask for your temperature, if possible it would be best to take your temperature before starting the call.

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“I was sick with the flu and my doctor’s office was not opening until noon due to a blizzard. I felt so lousy and had no energy to drive. I couldn’t bear to go to urgent care and wait for hours.  Using Amwell was lifesaving.”

- Kerry C., Massachusetts

Got Questions? We’ve Got Answers.

See below for answers to some of our most common questions. You can also call us anytime 24 hours a day at 1‑844‑SEE‑DOCS for questions about our services or to speak to a doctor about your symptoms or conditions.

  • When should you call a doctor online?

    You should call a doctor if any of the following occur:

    • Vomiting that lasts for longer than 1 day
    • Fever or severe diarrhea that lasts more than 2 days
    • Sudden, severe abdominal pain
    • Vomit or diarrhea turns bloody or tarry
  • What is the difference between the stomach flu and food poisoning?

    Stomach flu and food poisoning are very similar conditions, while initial symptoms typically include fever and diarrhea. But a stomach virus can take 24 to 48 hours to develop and can have other symptoms, including:

    • Vomiting
    • Nausea
    • Stomach or intestinal cramps
    • Joint stiffness
    • Weight loss

    Food poisoning symptoms can begin to develop 2 to 6 hours after food consumption and other symptoms can include:

    • Fatigue
    • Muscle aches
    • Headache
    • Sweating
    • Eye swelling
    • Difficulty breathing
    • Thirst
  • What should you eat when you have the stomach flu?

    There are many things that can be eaten to help with the stomach flu, but foods that are known to help alleviate symptoms include:

    • Bananas
    • Rice
    • Applesauce
    • Toast
  • Is canine stomach flu contagious to humans?

    There are many studies showing there is a chance that humans and dogs can give each other noroviruses, otherwise commonly known as the stomach virus. Noroviruses can be caused by contaminated food or water, an infected person, or touching contaminated surfaces. It has not been proven yet that canines can give stomach flu to humans. Although, it is very likely, as there have been many cases when canines and their owners have had stomach flu at the same time.

  • What are the different types of gastroenteritis?

    • Viral gastroenteritis
    • Bacterial gastroenteritis
    • Amebic dysentery
    • Bacillary dysentery
  • What are some signs that my toddler has stomach flu?

    • A sunken soft spot on their head
    • Excessive sleepiness or fussiness
    • Dehydration
      • Decreased urination – more than 6 hours without a wet diaper
      • Wrinkled skin
      • Dry lips
      • Crying without tears
      • Extreme thirst
  • How long is the stomach flu contagious?

    Symptoms of gastroenteritis will usually appear one to three days after exposure. Although, you’re contagious before you develop symptoms and up to two weeks after you’ve recovered.

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