The Wisdom of Wellbeing Gastroenteritis,
although commonly called the stomach flu, is not influenza. It can be caused by a
virus, bacteria or parasite. Symptoms include nausea, abdominal pain, vomiting,
diarrhea, headache and fever. Viruses are the most common cause of gastroenteritis
in the United States. Bouts with these viruses may last up to three days.
Bacterial or parasitic infections often last longer.
Community faculty member Dr. Wasique Mirza warns that dehydration is the most
common complication. Dark or reduced amounts of urine, dizziness and extreme
thirst are signs of dehydration. The best treatment for viral gastroenteritis is
plenty of rest and fluids. Sip sports or soft drinks and broth. And after
successfully keeping those down, slowly introduce bland foods like white rice,
crackers and bananas. And if you start to become dehydrated, contact your doctor
immediately. That’s the Wisdom of Wellbeing.