stomach bug symptoms and the treatment :
At some point in our lives, we have all come down with a frightful case of the stomach bug that has made us feel just awful. Whether it has caused nausea, vomiting, fever, diarrhea or any combination of the above, the symptoms are always memorable and ones we sometimes wish we could forget. It is not a coincidence that when a person becomes ill, other members of their family or group become ill as well. This is because bacteria and viruses, which we affectionately refer to as “the bug”, are often transferred from person to person either directly or indirectly. the most common modes of transmission are by direct contact, or by the spread of these microbes onto the surfaces of various objects throughout the house.
The symptoms of illness caused by the same bacteria or virus may be the same or may vary from person to person. For example, children may experience completely different symptoms and duration of illness than adults afflicted by the same microbe.
Once an individual becomes ill, the infection is usually self limiting and lasts anywhere from 24 to 72 hours. Trying to stop the diarrhea with medications such as Imodium is usually not advised early in the course of the infection as the body is attempting to evacuate the infectious organism or its byproducts.
Care should be taken as severe dehydration may develop from diarrhea, especially in young children and the elderly. Continuous hydration is essential and occasionally a doctors visit and even hospitalization may become necessary in cases of severe dehydration. Sports drinks such as Poweraid and Gatoraid are not the best sources of liquid rehydration. Such drinks were devised to replace the compounds lost in sweat. Pedialyte is a good source for oral rehydration. Also rice boiled in water offers very effective source of nutrients and minerals that are lost with diarrhea.
The best way to prevent the spread of illness is proper handwashing and disinfection of shared areas and objects around the home. Hand towels, door knobs, faucet handles and sink areas are some good examples of potential sources that may harbor the infectious agent. Not forgetting the used tissues that may be left on countertops. With proper sanitary precautions such as handwashing, the development of infections can be prevented effectively.
If your symptoms seem beyond the realm of a domestically-treatable stomach bug then you should consult a physician after no more than 3-4 days of Stomach Bug symptoms.