Here’s what’s causing your upset stomach
You’re preparing for a big meeting when you start to feel nauseous. Initially, you think it’s simply nerves, then your stomach begins to hurt and you rush to the bathroom as you realize you may have diarrhea.
Most likely you have a touch of norovirus, which is often referred to as the stomach bug. Norovirus is on the rise in the Shreveport, Louisiana area. In fact, it’s something we see many patients for in our Louisiana clinics.
What is the stomach bug?
The stomach bug is a contagious virus that can infect anyone. It can come from drinking contaminated water, ingesting contaminated foods, coming in contact with an infected person or even touching a contaminated surface. According to the CDC, the norovirus causes between 19 and 21 million cases of inflammation of the stomach, intestines or even both on average each year.
Sometimes you don’t start seeing symptoms of the virus until as many as 48 hours after exposure. Typically, the virus makes itself known with sudden and severe diarrhea and/or vomiting. However, those may not be your only symptoms.
There are several symptoms of the virus, including:
- Stomach pains.
You may also experience aches in your body, chills and a headache.
What to look out for
The CDC also reports that the norovirus is a factor in tens of thousands of hospitalizations and hundreds of deaths each year, especially among young children and the elderly. The stomach bug can leave the body severely dehydrated, which means if you have young children or are an older adult, you may need to seek the care of a professional. If you live in Little Rock, Arkansas, or Shreveport, Louisiana, the doctors at Velocity Care Urgent Treatment Center can provide fast and effective care to help you or your loved ones feel better.
Since it’s a viral infection and not a bacterial infection, there aren’t antibiotics to specifically treat the stomach bug. There are medications you can take to treat symptoms of the stomach bug. It’s important to stay hydrated and follow a bland diet while recovering. Read this blog post for more information on what foods are best for treating the stomach bug.
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