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Posted on Fri, 26 Feb 2016
Question: Monday morning before leaving for work I experienced sudden empyting of my stomach and diarheaa after breakfast that consisted of my usual ceareal (with soymilk - I am lactose intolerant). Went to work where it continued. Empyted my stomach at least two more times and more diarheara (sorry for spelling). Came home and it contined at least ten more times. Could not eat and very fatigued. Slept. Next day only diarheara but not as bad. Little appetite. Today (thursday) little appetite and still some diarheara. Rumbling in lower intestinal area. Otherwise feel ok. Flu? Stomach virus? What to take for loose stool?
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Answered by Dr. Michelle Gibson James (10 minutes later)
Brief Answer:
yes, a viral illness is most likely

Detailed Answer:
HI, thanks for using healthcare magic

Yes, it is most likely a viral infection.

Though bacterial infections of the stomach/intestines, can also cause this problem, the symptoms would normally be more severe and prolonged.

Today is now day four and the virus is working itself out of your system.

You can take lomotil or peptobismol to help with the diarrhea. In addition if you can obtain probiotics this would also help.
Probiotics help to give back the normal bacteria that should be present in the intestine and they help to further shorten the course of the diarrhea

The probiotics can be obtained on their own or used in some yogurts.

When there is a 4 hour window with no symptoms, then you can start back small amounts of dry foods.
If this is tolerated, then increased the amounts and also can start using your normal foods.

I hope this helps, feel free to ask any other questions
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Brief Answer: yes, a viral illness is most likely Detailed Answer: HI, thanks for using healthcare magic Yes, it is most likely a viral infection. Though bacterial infections of the stomach/intestines, can also cause this problem, the symptoms would normally be more severe and prolonged. Today is now day four and the virus is working itself out of your system. You can take lomotil or peptobismol to help with the diarrhea. In addition if you can obtain probiotics this would also help. Probiotics help to give back the normal bacteria that should be present in the intestine and they help to further shorten the course of the diarrhea The probiotics can be obtained on their own or used in some yogurts. When there is a 4 hour window with no symptoms, then you can start back small amounts of dry foods. If this is tolerated, then increased the amounts and also can start using your normal foods. I hope this helps, feel free to ask any other questions