The stomach flu reference to intestinal upset is misleading because it is not actually a flu. A flu is a respiratory infection caused by a number of viruses.
Therefore, a virus that infects your respiratory system is a flu and a virus that infects your digestive system is a viral gastroenteritis. And these are different, two distinct systems of your body to which a virus invades.
Symptoms of gastroenteritis include:
The most common problem with gastroenteritis is dehydration. Other than that, most will recover without medically involved treatment.
Treatment for your stomach flu is:
- get plenty of rest
- drinking plenty of liquids to prevent dehydration
- no food/drink for the first few hours to allow stomach settling
- immediately stop eating if feel your nausea returning, try again later
- avoid dairy products, caffeine, alcohol, nicotine, fat or seasoned foods for a couple of days
- gradually begin to eat bland, easily digestible foods, such as soda crackers, toast, gelatin, or bananas
- acetaminophen, such as Tylenol or the like, may offer you some relief of gastroenteritis symptoms’ discomfort
Other than that, you will be left to tough it out, unless;
- fever above 101
- blood in watery stool
- fainting or confusion
- vomiting & diarrhea goes beyond a couple of days
In which case you should see your doctor.