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Stomach Aches 

& Viruses


Viral gastroenteritis is an inflammation of the stomach and intestines, which is caused by different viruses such as norovirus and rotavirus.

Often called “stomach flu,” viral gastroenteritis is not the same as influenza (flu). Influenza affects your respiratory system, while gastroenteritis affects your intestines. 


Gastroenteritis disappears may go away on its own in two to three days. However, in some cases, it may last for as long as ten days. The following are common symptoms of stomach flu or viral gastroenteritis:

  • Watery diarrhea
  • Abdominal pain
  • Nausea 
  • Vomiting
  • Fever (low-grade)
  • Occasional muscle aches
  • Occasional headaches


Viral gastroenteritis is highly contagious. It can be transferred from an infected person to another. It can also be caused by ingesting contaminated food or water. It is generally treatable but can be dangerous for infants and adults with weak immune systems, so washing your hands often and avoiding raw, undercooked and contaminated foods are important to preventing the spread of the virus.

When to Seek Medical Help

Visit your nearest ModernMD clinic for immediate medical attention if you or your children experience any of the following:

  • Severe pain or discomfort
  • Blood in your vomit.
  • Blood in your stool.
  • Dehydration (watch out for excessive thirst, dry mouth, deep yellow urine, very little to no urine, dizziness, weakness)
  • High temperature  (102 F or 40 C)
  • Vomiting that lasts for more than two days
  • You cannot keep liquids down

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