What is Stomach Flu?

About ‘Stomach Flu’

“Stomach flu” is gastroenteritis, an infection of the stomach and (or) intestines. But when we talk about influentza or just flu, it’s not the same as gastroenteritis. Of course, sometimes an ordinary cold causes stomach problems.

Stomach flu is caused by viruses, but it also is caused by bacteria or parasites. Often reason is poor nutrition –  wrong combining foods or foods harvested through chemicals.

Stomach Flu is different from Food Poisoning

Food poisoning and the stomach flu are not the same thing. There are many types of food poisoning that are not infectious.

Food poisoning could cause stomach flu and it’s treated once. Stomach Flu is chronic disease.

Food poisoning and the stomach flu share many of the same symptoms, including:

  • diarrhea
  • nausea
  • vomiting
  • abdominal pain
  • and sometimes fever.

Food poisoning comes on pretty quickly after eating contaminated food, and typically it goes away within a few hours to days. Gastroenteritis continues up to 10 days.

Stomach Flu as virus

Stomach flu spreads via the “fecal-oral route,” which is just as gross as it sounds. Viruses from infected feces or vomit find their way into our mouths. Very accurate way to protect ourselves is hand washing.

Objects and places used by many people are main source of desease.

Symptoms come on slowly

Symptoms do not come immediately after infection is aired with a gastrointestinal virus. Typically develop gradually, over one or two days. Stomach flu caused by food is formed between a few minutes and a few days.

Stomach flu prevention

Diagnosis is based on the symptoms and a physical examination. Currently only rotavirus can be rapidly detected in a stool test.

An upper gastrointestinal (or GI) endoscopy is a test that allows your doctor to look at the inside of your esophagus, stomach, and the first part of your small intestine, called the duodenum. A doctor may do this test, which is also called a procedure, to look for ulcers, tumours, infection, or bleeding.