Q:

How long do stomach bugs last for?

A:

Quick Answer

Symptoms of a stomach bug or flu typically last from one to three days, according to WebMD, though they may last longer in some cases. Healthline indicates that some forms of stomach viruses may show symptoms for up to 10 days. Cramps, diarrhea and vomiting are the most severe symptoms.

Know More

Full Answer

Stomach bugs typically aren't serious, though there are risks of dehydration, WebMD states. Infants and the elderly face greater risks from stomach bugs. Nausea, headaches, fevers and sore muscles are other possible symptoms with a stomach virus, according to Healthline. Drinking plenty of fluids while symptoms persist is important to protect against dehydration.

Learn more about Cold & Flu

Related Questions

  • Q:

    What can cause a persistent cough?

    A:

    Causes of a persistent cough include asthma, postnasal drip, chronic bronchitis or gastroesophageal reflux disease, according to Mayo Clinic. Upper respiratory tract infections and angiotensin-converting enzyme inhibitors used to treat hypertension can also cause a persistent cough. Other causes are chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and lung cancer.

    Full Answer >
    Filed Under:
  • Q:

    What should someone eat when he or she has a stomach flu?

    A:

    Someone who has the stomach flu should initially be given only clear liquids and no food and then gradually progress to easy-to-digest foods that are soft and bland. While recovering from the stomach flu, there are also certain types of food that a patient should avoid, which include spicy and fried food, peas, beans, raw or dried fruits and vegetables, whole grain bread, cereals or bran, nuts, coconut, popcorn and dairy products. Dried bananas are one exception to that rule.

    Full Answer >
    Filed Under:
  • Q:

    Is a stomach virus contagious?

    A:

    A stomach virus, or gastroenteritis, is contagious for anywhere from two days to two weeks, depending on which virus is causing the infection. The Mayo Clinic reports that many different viruses, such as norovirus or rotavirus, cause gastroenteritis, and the contagious period is different for each.

    Full Answer >
    Filed Under:
  • Q:

    How long does a stomach virus last?

    A:

    According to WebMD, stomach flu viruses can last up to 10 days. Symptoms, such as vomiting and diarrhea, are typically the most severe during the first two days of infection. In most cases, stomach viruses resolve on their own without medication.

    Full Answer >
    Filed Under:

Explore