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Fighting The Stomach Flu

If you have ever had the stomach flu, you know that it can be more than just having an uncomfortable and sometimes painful situation. The stomach flu makes it hard to keep any food or liquids down, and you have to be careful about what you eat.

It is important to know firsthand what causes the stomach flu and then ways in which to work your way back up to a normal eating schedule. Read below for causes, symptoms and treatment options for handling the stomach flu.

What is the stomach flu?

The stomach flu is caused by some form of virus that attacks your stomach, or gastrointestinal system. Many times this may be caused by poor hygiene or come directly from food.

What are the symptoms?

If you believe to have contracted the stomach flu, there are a few distinct symptoms that are associated.

Some of the most common flu symptoms are:

  • Diarrhea
  • Fever
  • Sore muscles
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Headache

Combating the symptoms

The symptoms for the flu may make it unpleasant for you to get much of anything done. If you find yourself having a hard time with the various symptoms, there are medications geared to helping you. Before taking any medication, it is important to talk with your doctor, as it is important that you take as little medication as possible, because of the virus that is residing in your stomach.

There are medication available that may aid in relief from y our nausea, diarrhea and pains.

Treatment options

The most important treatment option for the flu is rest. It is important to get as much rest as possible, as your body is recovering from a virus. The more that you rest and take it easy, the easier it is for your body to fight against the virus and heal faster. The next step in treating yourself when you are suffering from the flu is to keep your body hydrated. Whenever you are experiencing diarrhea, remember that you are losing fluids which make you more susceptible to becoming dehydrated. You can stay hydrated by drinking water or broth. Another great option is drinking sports drinks, as they help replenish electrolytes that have been lost.

Drinks to avoid include: soda, alcohol and caffeinated beverages. When it comes to food, this may be the most difficult part of having the flu. With having difficulties keeping food down, it is best to choose the best foods that will not upset your stomach more. Foods that you may be able to eat during this type of flu include: crackers, toast, rice, potatoes, yogurt bananas and apples. All of these may be able to help with diarrhea. 

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