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Intestinal Flu

Intestinal flu can cause upset stomachs, which is one of the most annoying conditions one can experience. The problem with sad stomachs is that it affects even our daily activities, we sometimes go beyond work, cannot focus on our tasks, we may feel angry and prickly, and many other associated discomfort. However, we must keep in mind that the uninitiated stomach is not the disease itself, it may present a underlying condition ... and one of the most common causes is gastroenteritis.

What causes bowel flu?

Viral gastroenteritis, stomach flu, intestinal flu - whatever we can call it, all show the same condition. As a technical term, intestinal flu is usually caused by a virus entering our gastrointestinal tract, more specifically our intestines. These viruses interfere with the normal functioning of our gut until we experience nausea and vomiting, diarrhea, and general weakness and illness.

How to Recover?

Because this is a viral condition, antibiotics will not be used. Like normal cough and colds, intestinal flu is also limiting, which means it will resolve naturally.

Give your intestines some rest! The last thing your stomach will do during a bowel attack is to work and digest food. If you feel nauseated, do not take fluid or eat anything for about two hours. If you vomit, do the same, but this time for four hours. Once the discomfort starts to ease, you may want to try taking a sip of water or Gatorade (to provide some of your body's electrolytes).

After 24 hours, you can start switching your liquid foods to tasteless foods like bananas, rice, apples and toast (or as we commonly call the BRAT diet). These foods will not cause your gastrointestinal system to work hard because of these snacks. Once you survive this type of diet, you can switch to any diet you can tolerate.

If your diarrhea or vomiting is not resolved within a day or two, you may need to contact your healthcare provider, especially if you see blood in your stool, as this may present a more serious health threat than just Intestinal flu. It is usually expected to complete within three to five days. If after that time you still have severe symptoms, hospitalization and further medical attention may be required.



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