How to Deal with the Stomach Flu

 
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(The following is a guest blog post composed by a content writer from the website Difference Camp. )

Stomach flu is a tough issue to have. From an outside perspective, it may only seem to be a small problem. Besides, feeling nauseous isn't a big deal ... you just have to wait for it to go away ... right? But, if you're currently dealing with the stomach flu, you understand that nausea is just the start of the problem. Stomach flu is an infection of the stomach and the intestines. This means that it comes with a wide variety of symptoms. Apart from nausea, you may experience chills, fever, vomiting, diarrhea, as well as stomach ache. Stomach flu comes and goes by itself, but if dealt with properly, the symptoms will be less severe.

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Medication

Most people deal with stomach flu by taking over-the-counter medication. You should be careful while taking these because if you take too much or you take the wrong thing, you can create an even bigger problem. Many people may opt for ibuprofen. While taking this drug, make sure you're well hydrated and not hungry. If your stomach usually reacts badly to ibuprofen, you can try Tylenol instead. It won't irritate your stomach, and it can ease your abdominal pain.

If you are seeking relief from nausea or diarrhea, there are some prescription medications that can ease your symptoms. Your doctor may prescribe an antiemetic to stop the nausea and vomiting.

You can also try an over-the-counter anti-diarrheal medication, such as Imodium or Pepto-Bismol. Check with your doctor before trying over-the-counter options. Do not use Pepto-Bismol in children.

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Hydration

The main thing to focus on is staying hydrated. Most people vomit when they have the stomach flu, which can cause severe dehydration. Keep in mind that water isn't your only option. You can go for non-caffeinated versions of your favorite beverages. Caffeine-free teas such as Chamomile tea will soothe your stomach and instantly make you feel a bit better. Many doctors recommend drinking sports drinks as a way of coping with stomach flu. That's because they contain lots of electrolytes which are lost during vomiting.

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Diet

Even though you're feeling nauseous, you need to eat regularly. Many people swear by the BRAT diet for dealing with stomach flu. This diet includes bananas, rice, applesauce, and toast. These foods won't upset your stomach, yet they have all the nutrients which we lose while vomiting. This diet should be utilized only during the first day or two of your stomach flu. After that, you should slowly start returning to your normal diet. Begin with eating cereals, fruits, and then start to include more animal products into your diet. If you start to feel sick again, try to eat yogurt. It has all the necessary bacteria that your stomach needs in order to fight off the stomach flu.

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Maybe you're reading this and still wondering if you actually have the stomach flu or if it's something else. Food poisoning and stomach flu have very similar symptoms, such as nausea and vomiting. The biggest difference is the time it takes for the symptoms to develop. If you've got food poisoning, you're going to start feeling worse quite quickly. The good news is that food poisoning usually lasts much shorter than the stomach flu ... around one day. That's why it's much easier to deal with it. When you have a stomach flu, you have to make sure you're getting plenty of rest. Also, because you can infect others, you need to be very careful while interacting with people. If you see that your problems are not diminishing, contact your doctor!

There are many ways of dealing with the stomach flu. Now you know which foods to avoid and which foods and drinks to ingest. If you also take some time and rest, your symptoms will be less severe.

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