Viral Intestinal Infection: Understanding and Cure
The virus caused inflammation in the stomach or intestines.
It might be called stomach flu, but should not be confused with real flu, which affects the respiratory system.
- Partly preventable by vaccination
- Clinically diagnosed
- Lab tests are required in rare cases
- Treatable by medications, and home remedies
- Short term: improves in 2-3 days
Viral gastroenteritis is contracted by consuming contaminated food or water, or by sharing infected towel or food. Normally it doesnâ€™t involve complications, except in cases of excess vomiting, dehydration, blood in vomit or stool, or fever above 104â„‰ (adults) & 102â„‰ (infants and children).
Most affected-under 6 years
Largely affected: 60 years and above
Others: Moderately affected
Diagnosed by physical examination
Ranging from mild to severe, symptoms may appear in 1-3 days after getting an infection.
Pain and aches: Headaches, muscle aches, joint pains, abdominal cramps
Fever: Usually running low, with chills
Diarrhea: Usually without blood
Nausea and vomiting: both require immediate attention
Sweating: Dehydration in worse cases
Others: Loss of appetite
Self-care: Wash hands regularly, drink lots of fluids, and suck ice chips. Have easily digestible foods and avoid dairy products, caffeine, alcohol, nicotine, and fatty or highly seasoned foods.
Medications: Analgesics should be used sparingly. Use antipyretics to cure fever on doctors prescription.
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