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Dr. Max Gomez: Stomach Flu

September 30, 2019


“LIKE” OUR PAGE AT FACEBOOK.COM/CBSNEWYORK. AS THE HOLIDAY SONG GOES, IT’S THE MOST WONDERFUL TIME OF THE YEAR! BUT HOLIDAY PARTIES AND BIG FAMILY MEALS CAN ALSO MAKE FOR A VERY UNPLEASANT ILLNESS, FOOD POISONING. [CHUCKLING] DR. MAX GOMEZ TELLS BECAUSE TO DO IF YOU GET THE STOMACH FLU. DOC. Reporter: LET’S START OUT WITH THERE’S NO SUCH THING AS STOMACH FLU. IT’S GASTROENTERITIS NOT CAUSED BY THE FLU VIRUS. IT’S CAUSED BY VIRUSES AND BACTERIA THAT CONTAMINATE FOOD AND MAKES YOU VERY SICK. I WAS VERY SICK. I HAD AN EXTREMELY BAD HEADACHE. I WAS WEAK. I WAS VOMITING FOR A COUPLE OF DAYS. Reporter: THAT’S LORI SAYS DESCRIPTION OF HER BOUT WITH A STOMACH BUG AND SHE WASN’T ALONE. IT HIT ANOTHER FAMILY MEMBER ALSO. Reporter: IT’S GOING AROUND? IT WAS DEFINITELY GOING AROUND AND THEN I HEARD THERE WERE TWO OTHER PEOPLE AT WORK. Reporter: THERE ARE CASES OF GASTROENTERITIS, STOMACH BUGS, GOING AROUND. WE ARE SEEING AN UPTICK IN THIS. THIS IS WHAT WE EXPECT THIS TIME OF YEAR. Reporter: THIS KIND OF SERIOUS STOMACH ILLNESS IS OFTEN CALLED FOOD POISONING, BECAUSE THE GERMS THAT CAUSE IT ARE USUALLY FOOD-BORNE. EVERYTHING FROM SALMONELLA AND E. COLI TO HEPATITIS. BUT BY FAR THE MOST COMMON IS A NASTY VIRUS CALLED NOROVIRUS. JUST A FEW VIRUS PARTICLES ARE ENOUGH TO GET YOU SICK AND IT IS EXTREMELY CONTAGIOUS BECAUSE IN ADDITION TO FOOD IT’S PASSED PERSON TO PERSON. CONTAMINATED HAND TO CLEAN HAND CONTACT AND CONTACT WITH ANY BODILY FLUIDS FROM A SICK PERSON. UNFORTUNATELY, THERE’S NO CURE OR QUICK FIXES. JUST SUPPORTIVE CARE. WE RECOMMEND FLUIDS ARE SALT, GLUCOSE OR SUGAR LIKE PEDIA-LYTE OR GATORADE, THINGS THAT HAVE ELECTROLYTES, SODIUM, POTASSIUM, WHEN YOU’RE VOMITING AND HAVE DIARRHEA, THESE ARE THINGS YOU LOSE. Reporter: SOME OF PEOPLE MAY NEED MEDICAL CARE. YOU FEEL LIKE PASSING OUT, RAPID PULSE, THREADY PULSE, THESE ARE SIGNS WHERE YOU NEED TO GO TO THE HOSPITAL AND SEEK TREATMENT OR EVEN CALL YOUR DOCTOR. Reporter: AND IF THERE’S ANY BLOOD IN WHAT’S COMING OUT OF YOU, THAT’S ANOTHER SIGN TO GO TO THE HOSPITAL. FINALLY, THERE ARE SOME FOLKS WHO HAVE TO BE ESPECIALLY CAREFUL IF THEY GET A STOMACH BUDGET OF THE ELDERLY, BABIES, CHRONICALLY ILL OR IMMUNOCOMPROMISED ARE MORE SUSCEPTIBLE TO DEHYDRATION AND THE NUMBER ONE WAY TO PREVENT GETTING SICK? YES? WASH YOUR HANDS? WASH YOUR HANDS AND WASH YOUR HANDS AND THEN WASH YOUR HANDS SOME MORE. THAT’S HOW IT REALLY GETS TRANSMITTED. HAND-TO-HAND. NEVER BE PREPARING FOOD. PEDIA-LYTE AND OTHERS THINGS. IT SEEMS IN THESE SITUATIONS THERE’S NOTHING THAT MAKES IT ANY BETTER ONCE YOU’RE SICK? NO, NO. THIS WILL JUST PREVENT FROM YOU GETTING MUCH WORSE. IT’S NOT GOING TO SPEED ANYTHING UP, UNFORTUNATELY. YEAH. IT’S TOUGH.

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