A group of viruses known as noroviruses can lead to gastroenteritis. The symptoms of gastroenteritis, an infection of the intestines, typically include nausea (vomiting) and diarrhea. In the UK, norovirus is the most prevalent virus that causes gastroenteritis in adults. The infection usually goes away in a few days, though it might occasionally take longer. The body's lack of fluid poses the most risk (dehydration).
Drinking enough fluids is the main course of action; this may entail specific rehydration beverages. Additionally, after drinking to alleviate any dehydration, you should eat as regularly as possible. Consult a doctor if you believe you are dehydrating yourself or if you have any of the following worrisome symptoms.
Smaller than bacteria, viruses are a kind of germ. Similar to a stomach virus, vomiting and diarrhea are typical norovirus symptoms. The group of viruses formerly referred to as Norwalk-like viruses and Norwalk virus is now referred to as norovirus. Noroviruses are frequently referred to as little round viruses (SRSVs).
The initial symptom is typically feeling unwell (nauseous). This is followed by diarrhea which typically has water in it. Around this time, you can also start feeling nauseous (vomiting). There may also be additional signs, such as:
- An extreme temperature
- A migraine
- Muscles in your arms and legs are sore
The signs and symptoms are often moderate and transient, lasting just one to two days most of the time. Though other people's symptoms may last for longer.
Dehydration (low bodily fluid) can happen if symptoms are severe. If you believe that you or your kid is dehydrating, you should see a doctor right away. The majority of the time, mild dehydration may be quickly reversed by consuming enough water to replenish the lost fluids.
Treatment for Norovirus
The treatment for norovirus cannot be done with any specific drugs. The goal is to ensure that you or your child drink lots of fluids to prevent dehydration while their immune system has time to rid their body of the illness. Most norovirus-infected children can be looked after at home. Sometimes, if symptoms are severe or if problems arise, hospital admission is required. See the two pamphlets titled Diarrhea and Acute Diarrhea in Children for further details.
How to Stop the Norovirus from Spreading
The following actions are advised if you or your child has the norovirus to stop the sickness from spreading to other people:
- Wash your hands thoroughly after using the restroom, after changing diapers and before preparing, serving, or consuming food if your kid uses diapers. Use warm water and liquid soap if possible, but any soap is preferable to none. After washing, dry well.
- If a toilet is required, use gloves when handling it, empty the contents into the toilet, wash the toilet with hot water and soap, and then set it aside to dry.
- Never exchange towels or blankets.
- Never make or serve meals for other people.
- Remove any stools into the toilet before cleaning any soiled clothing or bedding. Then wash at the highest temperature feasible in a separate wash.
- Utilize a disinfectant, such as a home cleanser with a bleach base, to routinely clean the toilets you use. At least once every day, clean the door knobs, taps, surfaces, toilet seat, and flush handle with hot water and detergent. Keep a rag set out for cleaning the bathroom, or use a disposable one each time.
- Stay at home and avoid going to work, school, or college for at least 48 hours following the last incident of diarrhea or being ill. As much as possible, keep your distance from other people during this period.
Contact Bass Medical
Call the staff at the BASS Medical Group if you believe you have norovirus, are experiencing any of its symptoms, or believe you may have been exposed to it. Because they have expertise in the treatment of norovirus symptoms, our experts can advise you on the most effective course of action.