How to survive a stomach bug

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How to survive a stomach bug

If you have ever felt the gut-wrenching pain of a stomach bug you will want to know the best way to survive this nausea-causing bug. Not all stomach bugs are the same and many don't affect people the same. However, one thing that's common is the severe pain. This article will give you some ideas on how to survive a stomach bug.

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Things you need

  • Pain reliever
  • Pepto-Bismol or Mylanta
  • Fluids
  • Rest

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    Take a pain reliever if possible. It may or may not take all the pain away but it can take the edge off. Anything that will help diminish the pain should be used.

    How to survive a stomach bug
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    Drinking the designated amount of Pepto-Bismol, Mylanta or something similar, according to your age or weight, that will coat the stomach when you feel nauseated. It also may help with the pain in your stomach.

    How to survive a stomach bug
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    Waiting it out is unfortunately part of how to survive a stomach bug. Whether you see a doctor and he prescribes something for it or you handle it on your own, time is a healer in itself. Time allows your body to fight off the stomach bug that is causing you so much pain.

    How to survive a stomach bug
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    Drink fluids even though you may not feel like it. Chances are you may have already lost plenty of fluids from vomiting and/or diarrhoea. If you can’t seem to hold the fluid down you may want to sip water slowly over a period of time.

    How to survive a stomach bug
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    Rest in bed as much as you can. This may sound like common sense but some people try to go about doing something while they are sick even though their body is trying to tell them to sleep. Your body is in a fight and needs extra rest so it can use the energy it has to fight off the stomach bug. Don’t go to work. Chances are you’ll probably pass the stomach bug on to your co-workers anyhow.

    How to survive a stomach bug
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    See your doctor whenever you are sick to rule out a sickness or disease that could have been treated. Your doctor may have some medicine that he or she can prescribe to ease the discomfort.

    How to survive a stomach bug

Tips and warnings

  • Have someone with you, if possible, to help when you need things.
  • Do not avoid medical attention. Your symptoms may be an indication of something more severe.

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