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Diarrhoea and flu

Flu can often make the digestive system more sensitive

Echinacea is a traditional herb known to aid the body in its fight against colds and flu by supporting the immune system – but not all Echinacea is the same! Research shows that the fresher the herb, the more effective the remedy will be, which is why our Echinaforce cold and flu remedies are made using freshly harvested Echinacea.


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    Zoe — 15.01.2018 11:11
    I've had flu for the last 9 days, have a chesty cough, blocked nose, aching all over, shortness of breath, temperature, the works. Yesterday I had sickness and today the diarrhoea has started too. How much longer should I wait before I see a Dr? Thanks


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      Jen Tan — 15.01.2018 14:26
      Hello Zoe. This is a good question. Unless you have are experiencing a complication of the viral infection, there is little your doctor can do to help. The current strain of flu leads to an illness which lasts up to and beyond 2 weeks, and also give rise to diarrhoea as you have, and other symptoms such as a persistent cough, gritty and tired eyes. See your doctor if you cough up blood or green foul smelling sputum, if you have a persistent headache, neck stiffness or if you have a high fever. Of course, if you are worried about any aspect of your health, seek help from your local doctor. Lastly, remember to keep yourself well-hydrated by drinking at least 1.5 litres of water, especially because of your diarrhoea.


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    Emma — 09.01.2018 20:58
    Hi, I am on day 4 of the flu, the aches have gone away & my congestion and cough is way better. I had fever the first 2 days, nothing yesterday and a little today coupled with my new symptoms of diarrhea. The last 3 days ive been able to eat and drink. Today i havent been able to eat without my stomach feeling squirmy & i keep having diarrhea, not bit bouts. I am eating bananas crackers and little liquids but everytime i do i feel the uneasness. I am only 43 kilo lady and when i get diarrhea it concerns me cause i drop weight and i cannot afford to loose weight. Ahhhh At what point do you go to the doctors? Ive never had flu before? Thanks


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      Jen Tan — 09.01.2018 22:00
      Hello Emma. Your question 'At what point do you go to the doctor' is an important one - as you say you can't afford to lose any weight. Our experience with this recent strain of virus is that it could take 10 days for your appetite to return; and diarrhoea can be a feature for 2 to 3 days. The latter is of course the more important and you can treat this using over-the-counter medication. If you prefer something more natural, we would suggest the use of A.Vogel's Tormentil complex. Please see your doctors if you lose 5% of your body weight - hopefully, this will not happen. Lastly, don't forget that diarrhoea can dehydrate you very quickly so keep up your water intake.


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    Adrian — 09.01.2018 17:28
    Hi I have the influenza flu for 4 days now after the 2nd day I was feeling better just fatigue but now I developed a bad direah and my stomach is gurgling its been a day and a half can u help


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      Jen Tan — 09.01.2018 20:13
      Hello Adrian. The current strain of flu going round can give rise to lose bowel motions or frank diarrhoea in some people. This seems to be part of the viral infection and taking Echinacea will help symptoms settle. However, make sure that you drink plenty of water in order to avoid become dehydrated - both by the flu and diarrhoea. Your bowel symptoms should settle in a couple of days, but if not, please seek further advice from your local doctor.


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