Remedies for Stomach Virus

Stomach virus remedies involve all those measures that can provide relief to the symptoms of viral infection. Read this article to enrich your knowledge on some effective remedies for stomach virus.
Stomach virus is responsible for causing stomach flu also known as viral gastroenteritis. In this condition, the virus attacks the lining of the stomach, large intestine and small intestine and lead to inflammation of the digestive tract. It is not caused by any one particular virus but a large number of viruses can cause this problem. Stomach virus remedies involves efforts to reduce the activities of such virus and restore the normal functioning of the digestive tract.

Stomach Virus Symptoms

Stomach virus is highly contagious and it can get transmitted from one person to another through direct or indirect contact with an infected person. Sometimes, unhygienic food habits can trigger such infections. The general signs and symptoms that indicate presence of stomach virus include vomiting, watery diarrhea and stomach cramps. It is accompanied by various other symptoms like fever and chills, headache, dizziness, loss of appetite, muscle ache, weakness, etc. Usually, these stomach virus symptoms are noticed within a day or two after getting the infection. They may last for just one day or it may continue to bother the patients for 7-10 days. It all depends on the severity of the infection and resistance power of the body.

Stomach Virus Remedies

There is no medicine that can treat the infection caused by virus as antibiotics are ineffective on them. So, you have to try out some stomach virus remedies to treat the condition. They are as follows:

Take Rest: When you are having diarrhea, the first thing that needs to be done is to rest your body as much as possible. This way you can preserve the body energy and at the same time control nausea. For the first couple of hours, do not consume anything, not even water. This will help the stomach to clear up completely. If the foul taste in mouth is bothering you too much, you can just rinse your mouth once in a while.

Drink Fluids: The body loses large amount of fluids through diarrhea and vomiting. This lost fluid need to be replenished and prevent dehydration. For this, you have to prepare a rehydrating solution with four cups of plain water, half teaspoon each of table salt and baking soda and four tablespoons of table sugar. After the first few hours of onset of diarrhea, start taking this solution in small sips slowly after every few minutes. This will facilitate flushing out of the toxins from the body. In the next few hours, if you find that the symptoms have subsided a bit, you can start drinking other clear fluids like plain water, weak tea, apple juice, fat free chicken broth, etc. However, stay away from caffeine, alcohol and citrus fruits as they tend to aggravate the symptoms.

Eat Bland Foods: For the first 24 hours, it is advisable not to take any solid foods in order to provide rest to the stomach if you have nausea and vomiting. Once your body is able to tolerate the liquids, you can start eating bland foods such as banana, rice, dry toast, unsalted crackers, plain noodles, etc. Stay away from all foods that contain oil, butter, sauce, whole nuts, etc. as they tend to irritate the stomach. Even after the symptoms have died down, follow some dietary restrictions for the next few days. During this time, avoid foods like dairy products, spicy foods, raw fruits and vegetables, etc. You may resume your normal diet after about 10 days.

All these stomach virus remedies should be able to control the symptoms to a great extent within a day. However, if they fail to show any desired effect, then a doctor needs to be consulted for stomach virus treatment. Doctors will diagnose the condition and treat the patient accordingly. Likewise, patients with signs of dehydration like dry mouth, sticky saliva, excessive thirst, little amount of urine, should also consult a doctor. If small children or infants get infected by stomach virus, then home treatments should be started only after taking the advise of a pediatrician.
By Bidisha Mukherjee
Published: 7/2/2010
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