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Internist, Board Certified Physician
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Experience:  Int. Med., Gastroenterology. Fellow American College of Physicians. Trained, located in the U.S.
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Hi Doctor,I have diarrhea and tummy cramps at the moment, what

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Hi Doctor,I have diarrhea and tummy cramps at the moment, what is the best food to eat and drink to help tummy settle down,i did'nt have any take away or any thing to have this problem. I have heard there is a lot of this around right now, some kind virous.

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Submitted: 5 years ago.
Category: Medical
Expert:  Internist replied 5 years ago.

You are correct. You most likely have a viral gastroenteritis, which is a viral infection of the stomach and intestines usually caused by norovirus. This may cause nausea, vomiting, and an upset stomach. It may also cause lower abdominal cramps and diarrhea. Viral infections of the G.I. tract will usually resolve within 48-72 hours, however some infections may last up to one week. It is most important during this illness that you maintain hydration. You must drink plenty of fluids. Clear fluids such as clear juices, the syrup juice from canned fruit, or electrolyte drinks (ie. Gatorade) are best. Also Jello and broth may be taken. If you are hungry then you may eat applesauce, toast, plain rice, or crackers. To treat the nausea and vomiting or upset stomach ask your doctor for Compazine. For diarrhea take over-the-counter Imodium. If symptoms persist for longer then a week or if you develop high fevers or have bloody diarrhea must see your doctor immediately. While you are sick try to maintain good hygiene with careful handwashing and not sharing your personal items with others as this is how this infection is spread. I hope you feel better.

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