– What You Need to Know
Stomach flu gets its name from the viral cause of it – virus causing inflammation of the stomach or gastroenteritis. It is referred to as an infection in the intestine, which comes with abdominal cramps, diarrhea, fever, nausea, and vomiting.
The most usual way for developing to get viral gastroenteritis is from contact through an ill person or through the ingestion of contaminated food or drink. People with no malnutrition or compromised immunity often recover speedily from the flu.
The Signs and Symptoms of Stomach flu
Some of the symptoms of the stomach flu include the following:
- Watery diarrhea with no blood in it
- Pain and abdominal cramps
- Vomiting or nausea
- Occasional headache or muscle aching
- Low-grade temperature
The Causes of Stomach flu
The main cause of this disease is viral – rotavirus and norovirus.
Both adults, as well as children, are influenced by noroviruses, and they come as the most usual foodborne illness across the globe. This infection caused by the norovirus sweeps through communities and is common in confined areas. Usually, you get the virus from water or contaminated foods. However, transmission from one person to another is also plausible.
Rotavirus is also a common cause of the disease, especially in children. They get the virus from getting in contact with inanimate, contaminated objects. Infants and young children usually get this virus. Adults having this virus in their body may show asymptomatic illness – which means they do have the spread of the virus but don’t show symptoms. They act as a carrier of the disease, passing the virus to children.
The Treatment Options for Stomach flu
Vaccination is available for viral gastroenteritis or stomach flu. However, it is not available all over the world. There is no definitive treatment for the viral condition. Also, taking a heavy course of antibiotics may result in further worsening of the already disturbed GI tract and increase stomach sensitivity. It can also develop antibiotic resistance in the body. A good course for dealing with this condition includes following modifications such as avoiding solid foods for some hours, and modify the consistency of the foods and enhance it gradually.
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