13 Stomach Flu Natural and Home Remedies

  • Medical Author:
    John P. Cunha, DO, FACOEP

    John P. Cunha, DO, is a U.S. board-certified Emergency Medicine Physician. Dr. Cunha's educational background includes a BS in Biology from Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey, and a DO from the Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences in Kansas City, MO. He completed residency training in Emergency Medicine at Newark Beth Israel Medical Center in Newark, New Jersey.

  • Medical Editor: William C. Shiel Jr., MD, FACP, FACR
    William C. Shiel Jr., MD, FACP, FACR

    William C. Shiel Jr., MD, FACP, FACR

    Dr. Shiel received a Bachelor of Science degree with honors from the University of Notre Dame. There he was involved in research in radiation biology and received the Huisking Scholarship. After graduating from St. Louis University School of Medicine, he completed his Internal Medicine residency and Rheumatology fellowship at the University of California, Irvine. He is board-certified in Internal Medicine and Rheumatology.

Is the Stomach Flu Contagious?

There are a variety of causes of the stomach flu (gastroenteritis). Unfortunately, the most common causes are contagious, for example:

  • Bacteria, for example, E. coli, Salmonella, and Shigella
  • Viruses, for example, norovirus and adenovirus
  • Parasites, for example, Giardia lambia and Cryptosporidium (also known as "Crypto")

What is the stomach flu?

  • The stomach flu (gastroenteritis) is an infection of the stomach and intestines. Though it is referred to as the "flu" it is not the same as influenza. Influenza does not always affect the gastrointestinal tract, and most influenza symptoms involve the respiratory tract.
  • Infection of the stomach and intestines is referred to as gastroenteritis.
  • Stomach flu is usually caused by viruses, but it also can be caused by bacteria or parasites.

Are the stomach flu and food poisoning the same thing?

Food poisoning and the stomach flu are not the same thing. There are many types of food poisoning that are not infectious. Food poisoning and the stomach flu share many of the same symptoms, including

However, food poisoning comes on pretty quickly after eating contaminated food, and usually it goes away within a few hours to days. Gastroenteritis can last for up to 10 days.

Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 9/27/2016

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