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What is a stomach virus? What can you do to feel better quicker!

Updated on August 7, 2015

What is a stomach virus?

A virus that attacks the gi tract. You can get by

food that isn't cooked all the way done or

environments that may not be clean. Some

of the common side effects of a stomach

virus are, diarrhea, nausea, vomiting, fever,

headache, and muscle weakness. It can last

1-10 days, depending on the type of virus

and severity.If some you know has a stomach

virus, avoid sharing food or drinks with them.

Try to avoid as much contact with them as

possible.

Most common type stomach virus components

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What can you do to feel better faster!

Make sure you drink plenty of fluids. When you have

diarrhea or vomiting, your body is losing vital fluids.

You can become dehydrated quickly and require

medical attention. If you are unable to keep liquids

down, try taking sips of fluid or ice chips. I

recommend to my patients drinking water, clear

soda, sports drinks and hot tea.


Once you can keep down liquids and you can try

some soft foods. Bananas, jello, pudding, applesauce,

rice, and toast. Make sure to get plenty of

rest. This is vital in your recovery. When you

are getting rest and taking it easy, this gives

your body time to fight off the virus.


If you have a fever, you can try a fever reducer

medication for relief. If you continue to have

a high fever over 102.0 F, you may need

to seek medical attention. You can also

try upset stomach medications, such as

Pepto-Bismol or Imodium.


Make sure to dispose and clean all body fluids

with bleach or a type of disificent. Make sure to

wash your hands frequently with an antibacterial

soap.You can also try a mask that can be

purchased at your local store or grocery.

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