It’s time for Quiz MD. Today I have two questions
about viral gastroenteritis…otherwise known as the stomach flu. The stomach flu is never
fun, but it’s important to know what signs to look out for and when to seek treatment.
This brings me to Question 1. If your an adult, you should call you doctor if when which of
the following happens? A. If you’re not able to keep liquids down
for 24 hours, B. You’ve been vomiting for more than two days, or C. If you’re dehydrated
The answer is all 3! For dehydration, keep an eye out very dark yellow urine, or little
to no urine. Symptoms usually last just a day or two, but occasionally they may persist
as long as 10 days. Unfortunately, there are no treatments for viral gastroenteritis, and
treatments usually consist of home-care remedies. Now for Question 2. Which of the following
home-care options should you do in order to get better?
A. Let you stomach settle for a few hours before eating any more foods, B. Get plenty
of rest, or C. Ease back into eating with bland foods like bananas and toast or chicken?
You probably guessed it, the answer is all three of course. There’s no effective treatment
for viral gastroenteritis, so prevention is necessary in order to limit the spread of
infection. It is spread through contact with an infected person or by ingesting contaminated
food or water. The young, the elderly, or those with compromised immune systems have
a higher risk of more serious complications, it’s best to seek treatment early. That’s
all for this round. Until next time, I’m Gabe Garza