The stomach flu (also called Norovirus) is a very common condition during the winter months. It’s actually the biggest viral cause of gastrointestinal illness in the country. It is often accompanied by uncomfortable diarrhea and can really put your life out of rhythm. Luckily, a few simple tips like washing your hands with soap can significantly reduce your chances of getting it.
The Stomach Flu can be caused by a number of different viruses, but every variation of the virus can cause gastroenteritis. If you are unlucky enough to catch it, the symptoms usually include vomiting and diarrhea. The Flu often leads to dehydration, which can be a risk especially with young children and the elderly. As a result, it is important to drink lots of fluids or use oral rehydration solutions regularly if you have the illness. IMODIUM® products can often help you cope with the digestive symptoms while your body fights the virus. Treating early can also help prevent dehydration.
If you catch the stomach bug, you should be careful not to spread the infection to other people. You should try to wash your hands with soap regularly and particularly after going to the toilet. Ideally you should also try to disinfect the toilet seat and flush handle after use. Try to stay at home while you have symptoms and avoid preparing or serving food.