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Which Is the Worst: Pink Eye, Stomach Bug, or the Flu?

Nobody likes getting sick, but 'tis the season. I've seen so many illnesses going around my daughters' school, I shudder to think about catching one. So far so good, though. We've only suffered from minor colds. But we're lucky, because there are some monster viruses out there, and while being sick is the pits, some illnesses are worse than others.

For me, a 24-hour stomach bug is the absolute worst because I hate throwing up. You may feel differently though, so tell me . . .

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sungrl sungrl 6 years
Absolutely pinkeye. To me the worst thing is not being able to see. I have had this for 4 days now and my right eye is almost closed shut. I really do not get the stomach bug or flu often at all - so maybe that is why...but THIS is just hell.
danakscully64 danakscully64 7 years
Giasbash, if you're having stomach issues every night, it's not the stomach bug. You could have an ulcer, food allergy, or something else.
Giasbash6260 Giasbash6260 7 years
GummiBears GummiBears 7 years
The flu is hellacious for me because I basically can not function because I have the fever, I can't eat because I will vomit, basically I am a mess.
Spectra Spectra 7 years
I would say the flu is the worst--you feel like absolute crap for like, a week or two. At least with a stomach bug or pink eye, you won't be sick for too long. Although, the last time I had pink eye, I had to wear my glasses for a week and it was a major pain in the butt.
Happsmjc Happsmjc 7 years
omg stomach bug easily--throwing up is my least favorite thing to do in the world, and the flu is almost as bad (ughhh!). i have eye problems and often have pink eye and it is NOTHING, i can't believe anyone would even compare it to the others. yes its contagious for a period and you SHOULD stay home, but then you can go about your normal work, school, regular day. it's annoying, but not nearly as painful as the many eye ulcers i have had--no comparison! with the flu and stomach bug you are on the floor of the bathroom PUKING!
marxie marxie 7 years
Are you kidding? Stomach bug hands down!! I get it every year (since I had kids) and am doing everythig I can to protect myself this year. Acidophilus, elderberry...any other advice?! It may be the only time I can actually sleep tho!
Autumns_Elegy Autumns_Elegy 7 years
JanisRae You can get a note for pink eye. Especially if you work with customers, kids or in an office. It's super contagious! I hate stomach bugs the worst, I ate something funky this weekend and spent most of last night dry heaving over the loo. I was supposed to be dancing the night away in town but ended up hailing the porcelain gods instead. :( I don't get to go out often so it really sucked. At least you can eat what you like and still move around with pink eye and there are drugs to help you feel human when you've got the flu.
mek123 mek123 7 years
None of the above, they are all bad. The stomach bug is my worst!! I hate the vomiting and diarrhea.
Merlin713 Merlin713 7 years
The flu! Especially for people like me with a lower immune system and an inflammatory bowel disease called ulcerative colitis. I can't believe pink eye is even in the running... I get it a lot, but it's only because I don't catch myself before I touch my eyes sometimes. Yes, it is contagious, but only 'really bad' when you touch your eye and touch someone else in the eye or something they will touch right after you. Just keep your fingers out of your eyes when that happens.
lemuse20 lemuse20 7 years
I just got over the stomach bug 2 days ago - my vote definitely goes to stomach bug, hands down!!!
mtn-girl mtn-girl 7 years
Pink eye is my "favorite"disease - you can't go to work, but besides the itchy eye, you usually feel okay. Here in Colorado we call that the "powder day disease"
danakscully64 danakscully64 7 years
I picked the Stomach bug, but it RARELY lasts 24 hours. The Flu ALMOST ties because you have achy muscles and can be vomiting or have diarrhea. I take the Stomach Bug to be more like Food Poisoning though (not just a bug you picked up from a door handle). I've had food poisoning twice (meat both times, never again)... I had a very high fever, my body hurt, and I couldn't keep anything in (vomiting, diarrhea, and when I had nothing left in me, I was dry heaving). 3 days like this, took me a week to eat normal again. On a good note, I lost 4 pounds and kept it off. Still, I'd rather hold on to my 4 pounds any day.
MariahGem MariahGem 7 years
I don't even think it's comparable to put "pink eye" up against something like the flu! Yes, you have to stay at home, but the flu leaves you incapacitated, often in agony for days. Flu is definitely the worst.
clearskies clearskies 7 years
I've never had pink eye so I voted for it cause the other two allow you to rest and recover. I imagine with pink eye you would still feel like you have to go about your day.
soapbox soapbox 7 years
tisgirl, I have the same fear. I remember once I was driving with the stomach flu (Stupid idea) and freaked out behind the wheel. Luckily, I was in bumper to bumper traffic and stopping was possible. But it was still traumatizing. So, that being said, stomach bug is the absolute worst for me. I rather have the flu/pink eye at the same time then have the 24-hour stomach bug.
tlsgirl tlsgirl 7 years
Stomach bug for sure. Throwing up is literally my worst fear. Even a little nausea sets off a full-fledged panic attack - hyperventilation and all. It's awful. At least with the flu you can get a vaccine and lower your risk.
insanitypepper insanitypepper 7 years
I'm going with pink eye, since I haven't had the flu in a couple of decades & don't recall how bad it feels. But I had an eye infection in college that was miserably painful. I could barely open my eyes for a couple of days before I managed to stumble to the doctor. And you get no sympathy.
mtiger mtiger 7 years
Stomach bug is the worst. My entire family had it over Christmas. But the sick feeling lasted for days. It literally took 5 days before I could eat normally.
jkat jkat 7 years
You should totally stay home with pink eye! It's pretty contagious. I used to get it every year I taught swim lessons. Those kids are germ factories! I think the stomach bug is the worst. Obviously all three suck, but not being able to eat or drink anything for fear of vomiting is just miserable. And missing sleep to puke is horrible. At least with the non-stomach flu I can just pump myself full of Nyquil to get a fighting chance at some sleep.
Chicagomarie Chicagomarie 7 years
Pink eye is the worst because, I hate having my eyes itch etc! With the stomach bug and flu at least you have the benefit of losing a couple pounds, lol
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