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Gastric Flu Remedies

Updated on February 20, 2013

Symptoms of Gastric Flu

Most common symptoms of stomach flu are vomiting, diarrhea and stomach aches followed by cramps. Different types of viruses attack different ages. In children the virus that causes the gastric flu is called rotavirus. In adults, there are many bacteria and parasites that can cause the flu, but two are most common, called Campylobacter and norovirus. These viruses are contagious, so all infected patients should avoid close contact with healthy persons, including sharing water or food. Patients with mild symptoms can treat the virus with large amounts of fluids, to flush the system from the bacteria, but this article also has other recommendations for people who want to know how to treat stomach flu.

Stomack Flu Treatments for Adults

If you are over 20 years old and you have mild stomach pain, you don’t need to ask a specialist how to treat stomach flu because you can buy painkillers to deal with the discomfort. Ibuprofen, naproxen and aspirin are the most effective drugs which will help you dull the pain. The most important thing about medicating yourself is to eat something before your therapy. These drugs can be nauseating on an empty stomach, particularly if you have gastric flu, which makes your stomach already irritated. Most recommended and highly effective drug is Tylenol. However, you have to be careful not to take more than 650 mg per day. If you are experiencing severe symptoms, pain and nausea you should ask a doctor to combine different medication for you.

Foods and Beverages to Avoid

The symptoms of gastric flu can last from couple of days to couple of weeks, some of which can make your body dehydrated. You will need to drink large amounts of water to rehydrate and you can make your own liquid beverage for this purpose. Mix 5 tablespoons of sugar and one tablespoon of salt with one liter fresh water. You should avoid drinks with acidic components, such as orange juice and milk. Coffee is another beverage you should avoid, since it is very hard to digest. When you are vomiting, hard foods such as chips and spicy snacks should be your last retreat and eating toast, bananas, apples and rice will speed up your recovery. These foods are rich with nutrients and they don’t take a lot of time to digest. Resting and taking naps can be very beneficial and if you have high fever accompanying the stomach flu, place cold compresses on your forehead. You should never ignore the symptoms and if they get worse, it is best to schedule a doctor’s appointment. Your doctor can give you plenty useful advices about how to treat stomach flu and tell you which foods will complement your medication therapy.

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