Millions of people worldwide experience stomach viruses every year. No one is immune to getting a stomach virus; it can affect anyone, from babies to the elderly. Most cases last from one to three days, but some people have been known to be sick for a week with it. A stomach virus doesn't actually take place in the stomach but in small intestine. By treating the symptoms, you may find relief and be able to get better, faster.
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Things you need
- Sports drink
- Heating pad
Drink plenty of liquids. A stomach virus often results in you vomiting or having diarrhoea. If the diarrhoea is very bad, then you have may become dehydrated. Drinking plenty of liquids such as water or sports drinks can help to replenish and hydrate your body. It will also help to get you well more quickly. If you get very dehydrated, you may get put in the hospital and put on an IV.
Take acetaminophen. Many people experience a fever that can run up as high as 40 degrees C. Taking a dose of acetaminophen can help to lower your temperature. Acetaminophen can also work to ease aches and pains associated with a stomach virus.
Get rest. When you have a stomach virus, you may feel tired and drained of energy. Getting plenty of rest is one of the best ways of treating this stomach virus symptom. You body heals itself while you are sleeping and this goes for when you are sick, too. Not getting enough rest can actually keep you from getting better.
Eat soft, bland foods. With a stomach virus, you don't need to eat anything spicy or fried. Foods like gelatin, crackers and toast sit easy on a sick stomach and should be eaten. Chicken noodle soap is another food that won't upset an already sick stomach. Sometimes, though, your stomach can't handle any food. It's at this time that you should just drink plenty and not worry about eating until you're ready.
Use a heating pad. Stomach cramps sometimes accompany a virus. While acetaminophen can help to relieve the pain associated with stomach cramps, another way is to put a heating pad against your stomach. Don't put the heating pad on high and then directly on your skin as it could burn you.
How to Treat Stomach Virus Symptoms
Tips and warnings
- Ask a doctor before taking antidiarrhoeal medicine, as the virus needs to run it's course, which means the diarrhoea has to stop on it's own.
- Antibiotics do not work for a stomach virus and should not be taken unless a doctor tells you to.