Emergency Physician Questions Stomach Flu

Stomach flu

My stomach is very sick I have a stomach flu I keep throwing up and also I have diarrhea and can't hold anything down. I keep throwing up everything and my bowl movement is watery.

Female | 19 years old
Complaint duration: 24hrs
Medications: Ginger al
Conditions: Very week and can't howl nothing down Ginger ra

6 Answers

This is typically viral, but if not able to hold anything down, it needs an evaluation and treatment.
This could be viral or food poisoning. Rest to the gastrointestinal tract is important. Don't eat solid foods until the stomach settles. Drink gatorade, Pediolyte, or fruit-flavored, non-carbonated liquids in small amounts and gradually increase as you can tolerate.
If no better, seek medical advice.
If this has been going on for more than 3 days, it is likely bacterial. There could be a number of reasons for this. I suggest that you go to the nearest ER or urgent care clinic so you can be tested and given IV fluids.
You may have viral gastroenteritis, caused by a stomach virus, which can happen from being in contact with someone who has the same symptoms, or eating contaminated food. Symptoms last anywhere from 1 to 7 days. If you have been unable to tolerate food or water for more than 2 days, you should go to your nearest emergency department.
Hydrate well, drink plenty of liquids. If symptoms do not improve then please get to see a doctor. It sounds like a viral gastroenteritis and hydration is key.
It sounds like you likely have a stomach virus, not necessarily the flu. I have seen many cases of the flu, as well as stomach bugs that cause nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea. You could have both, which is less likely. If you can't keep water down over a period of 12-18 hours, you will need nausea medicine to see if you can keep fluids down. I recommend:
1. You get a nausea medicine that can dissolve under your tongue if you can't keep a pill down. There is also rectal nausea medicine.
2. See you can keep small amounts of clear fluids down every 15 minutes. If you can't, you may need the emergency department.
3. The absolute best way to hydrate is through your stomach. IV fluids are fine when needed, but if you drink a liter of fluid versus have a liter of fluid through an IV, you retain more fluid from drinking.
4. DO NOT eat anything solid. Just drink clear fluids. If you can see through it, you can have it. If you have one bite of a saltine, it can set off another round of vomiting. So, I recommend only clear fluids x 24 hours, then you can try bland foods in small amounts.
5. If you can keep fluids down, then keep on going. You can try immodium for diarrhea, but if you are not having more than 3 bowel movements an hour, I would not recommend it. They can quickly cause the reverse problem.
6. The emergency department is appropriate if you cannot keep fluids down after 12 - 18 hours. If you can get a prescription nausea medicine, that is all you may need. The emergency departments are full of people with the flu, bacterial infections, and other viruses. If you think you have the flu, stay home unless you are under the age of 2, over the age of 65, or have severe asthma or other serious health issues. Because if you find you do not have the flu, you will likely end up with it. If you find you do
have the flu, you will be able to go home and let it run its course.

Good luck.