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Stomach Flu Diagnosis

Stomach Flu Diagnosis
Stomach Flu
Causes and Risk Factors

A primary care doctor such as your general practitioner or family doctor is the first person to consult about symptoms of gastroenteritis. If the doctor has questions about a diagnosis, it may be necessary to see an infectious disease specialist.

Medical history

Doctors often begin to diagnose gastroenteritis disease symptoms by using your medical history and a physical examination. The doctor is likely to ask several questions. Be ready to answer them so that you can spend time during your appointment on other issues. For example, you may be asked:

  • Have symptoms been continuous or intermittent?
  • How severe are symptoms?
  • What, if anything, appears to worsen symptoms?
  • What, if anything, seems to improve symptoms?
  • When did symptoms first begin?

Medical Exams 
To diagnose the stomach flu, doctors first review symptoms. Doctors then diagnose rotavirus infections using routine laboratory tests. S/He may examine you and order lab tests to rule out more serious illnesses, such as appendicitis, and to detect complications, such as dehydration. In some cases (if you have been in a foreign country or place with poor water/sanitation), the doctor may request a stool sample to rule out a possible bacterial or parasitic infection. But tests to detect other gastroenteritis viruses are not routinely used. 

Blood tests – Medical tests that can rule out other possible conditions include studies of the blood.

Stool tests – Stool tests are used to confirm or exclude the possibility of pathogenic bacteria as the cause of symptoms. A rapid stool test, for example, can detect rotavirus or norovirus.

When a doctor diagnoses symptoms of gastroenteritis, treatment options may vary depending on whether the patient is an adult or a child. Read the Treating Gastroenteritis Disease section that follows for more information on gastroenteritis treatments and the remedy for stomach flu.

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