Understanding the Nature of Stomach Flu

Taking home-made remedies is a good strategy when dealing with symptoms that come with stomach flu, medics advise.

Stomach flu is a common viral disease that constantly makes many people seek treatment. Going by the latest reports, cases of this stomach infection and visits to the medical centre or hospital have been on the rise.

Scientifically referred to as viral gastroenteritis, stomach flu is caused by different types of viruses and the effects will vary depending on the virus and extent of exposure. A person gets infected by drinking contaminated water, eating infected food or coming into contact with a sick person.

Like other viral diseases, there is no exact cure or treatment for stomach flu, and what a patient is usually given is a drug that deals with the symptoms. In fact, if left on its own, the symptoms will subside after several days, but using medication accelerates the speed at which a person gets relief.running_to_the_toilet

A person will experience the symptoms of stomach flu after being exposed to the virus in about 12 hours, and the severity of the symptoms will depend on the type of virus. Watery diarrhea, stomach cramps, low-grade fever, vomiting, nausea and occasional muscle pain are the common symptoms of stomach flu.

Most cases are mild and if left untreated may disappear after 1 to 3 days. However, in more severe attacks, a person may be experiencing high fever, continuous headache, heavy sweating – and this may last for more than a week.

There are a number of ways the affected people can speed up the recovery while using homemade remedies. The goal is to restrain the virus and stop the symptoms from spreading or becoming worse and also to avoid spending money on antibiotics which have been proven ineffective in treating conditions caused by viruses including stomach flu.

Staying hydrated is one of the simplest remedies which aims at increasing as well as replacing the amount of body fluids lost through diarrhea, vomiting and sweating. A victim should consume substantial volumes of clean water, natural and pure fruit juices, clear soda, non-caffeinated sports drinks.

Consuming herbs such as ginger, peppermint, cinnamon, and chamomile also helps in the recovery. These products possess antiviral and anti-inflammatory properties and help deal with an inflammation or swelling.

People are also advised to increase the intake of citrus fruits such as oranges, lemons and limes which contain high concentration of vitamin C. This helps in boosting the body’s immunity to combat the symptoms.