Should I take antibiotics for stomach flu?


Stomach flu, or viral gastroenteritis, is a viral infection that will not respond to antibiotics. The symptoms of stomach flu are common to many other illnesses, including bacterial and parasitic gastroenteritis. Antibiotics can only treat bacterial infections so taking them for any other illness will not help, and may do harm.

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Digestive Diseases

Digestive diseases, also known as gastrointestinal diseases, are disorders that affect your esophagus, stomach and small and large intestines. The symptoms of digestive diseases vary widely depending on which part of your digestiv...

e system is affected. Generally symptoms can be blood in your stool, a change in bowel habits, pain, weight loss or heartburn that is not relieved by antacids. See you doctor if you have any of these signs of digestive disease.

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