‘Gastro’, or the ‘stomach flu’ is a common infection of the stomach and intestines that usually results in vomiting, diarrhoea or both.
It can be caused by a number of different viruses such as rotavirus (a lot less now since the introduction of the rotavirus vaccine) or norovirus. It can also be caused by bacteria, toxins, parasites and some non-infectious diseases.
Commonly the symptoms are vomiting and watery diarrhoea.
You can also have;
Dehydration can follow this.
Symptoms often take 2-3 days to develop, and last another 1-2 days. This can be longer though.
Usually through a medical history and examination. However if you know other people with similar symptoms and you didn’t eat the same food, then it’s likely to be viral gastro.
In people who have travelled overseas, or are getting symptoms longer than expected we may perform blood or stool tests to see what’s causing it.
The type of treatment does depend on the cause, but in most cases includes;
In children aged 2 and 4 months we give them the rotavirus vaccination, and this can help the entire family be protected.
However if someone already has gastro the following measures should be adopted;
Come in and see us so we can make sure you’re not excessively dehydrated, and ensure you recover as soon as possible.
Please let our reception know you may have gastro so we can provide you with some privacy and comfort, a vomit bag if needed, and let people who are immunocompromised or pregnant know so they don’t become unwell.
It’s never fun getting gastro, so let’s get you feeling better.
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