A few weeks ago in a telephone conversation with my mom, she mentioned that one of my sisters had been having some problems with her stomach for the last month or so. Being concerned, I called my sister directly to talk to her about what was going on.
"I don't know," she said. I'm eating a healthy diet, but for the last month or so I've had a lot of diarrhea and even some vomiting. And my stomach hurts so much after I eat that I just don't want to eat anymore."
"What are you eating?" I asked.
"You know, healthy stuff. Fruits and vegetables and high fiber bread."
I explained to her that a healthy diet isn't healthy if it's making you sick. And if it's making you sick then you have to do something to figure out what is causing the symptoms. First, change what you're eating so that you can eat and get some nourishment into your body. And second, make an appointment with a gastroenterologist to discuss the problems.
"It's especially important to see a GI...
Many areas of the U.S. are reporting a decrease in the number of severe flu syndromes over the past week but another threat appears to be sticking around. There are continued concerns that stomach flu may accentuate the end of flu season by accounting for several more hospitalizations and death. But what is the difference between seasonal flu syndrome and stomach flu?
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True or False?
1) The stomach flu only comes from contact with infected people.
2) The flu vaccine you had last fall should protect you against the stomach flu.
3) Like the seasonal flu, the stomach flu should not be contagious after a person has been without fever or flu symptoms for seven days.
4) One of the available antibiotic medications for treating flu syndrome should help me get over the stomach flu faster.
5) Since I had stomach flu last year I shouldn’t get it again.
Severe change in acid level of blood (pH balance), which leads to damage in all of the body organs
Eyes, ears, nose, and throat
Burns to the eyes, which may result in permanent vision loss Severe pain in the throat Severe pain or burning in the nose, eyes, ears, lips, or tongue
Blood in the stool Burns and possible holes in the food pipe (esophagus) Severe abdominal pain Vomiting
Heart and blood
Low blood pressure that develops rapidly
Lungs and airways
Breathing difficulty (from breathing in drain opening agent) Throat swelling (may also cause breathing difficulty)
Burns Holes (necrosis) in the skin or tissues underneath Irritation
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