How long should you stay home if you have the stomach flu?

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Stomach viruses, often (though incorrectly) called " stomach flu ," make us miserable. Nobody wants to waste days fighting vomiting and diarrhea . If you add fever, nausea, and weakness to this, you will exacerbate the suffering.

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Not many people think about leaving the house when they get the stomach flu . It often starts with repeated bouts of vomiting and it's hard to go anywhere if you can barely avoid going to the bathroom. But sometimes the symptoms subside but still persist, and you may be wondering how long you really need to stay home to avoid spreading it to others.

It can be even more difficult for parents to answer this question when their children are sick. If you need to go back to work and you are not sure if your child is healthy enough to go to school, what are the guidelines?

General guidelines on how long to stay home

Generally, you should stay home or leave children home for 24 to 48 hours after symptoms have disappeared. This includes vomiting and diarrhea . And don't forget about the fever .

If your child has a high fever , they are contagious and more likely to spread their germs to everyone they come in contact with. Even without a fever, stomach viruses are highly contagious and are easily passed from person to person when symptoms appear.

It can be tempting to send your child to school if they have been through the night without vomiting or diarrhea, but waiting a full 24 hours after the last episode is important because symptoms can return. If you survive all day and night without any symptoms, they are unlikely to reappear afterward.

How to recover quickly

If you are dealing with a stomach virus and want the symptoms to go away as quickly as possible, there are several steps you need to take right away. Many people unknowingly prolong their illness and symptoms due to improper treatment.

Do not eat or drink immediately after vomiting . It is very important to give your stomach a rest after you have expelled everything. You should wait at least 15 minutes after vomiting before trying to take even a small sip of water. A small increase in your water intake will ensure that your body can handle it without repeated bouts of vomiting .

Proper treatment of stomach virus symptoms is essential for a speedy recovery. After symptoms are gone for a full 24 to 48 hours, you can return to work or school.

Contagious period

The actual period during which you are contagious with a stomach virus depends on the virus that is causing your symptoms.

Two of the most common causes of stomach flu, norovirus and rotavirus, can be transmitted within 2 weeks of recovery. They are also contagious even before symptoms appear, so it can be difficult to avoid spreading them to other people since you don't even know you are sick.

Frequent and correct hand washing is the best way to reduce the spread of the virus .

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Remember to wash your hands very often, especially after using the bathroom, changing diapers, and before and after meals; This is the most effective way to reduce the chances of getting or spreading a stomach virus. If you have a young child, there is a rotavirus vaccine that can help prevent this very serious cause of severe diarrhea in children.

Frequently asked questions

  • Stomach flu has nothing to do with flu , but a term widely used to describe gastroenteritis. Gastroenteritis is usually caused by viruses such as rotavirus , but it can also be caused by bacteria such as Campylobacter and E. coli , as well as certain types of fungi and parasites.

  • The stomach flu (gastroenteritis) usually causes diarrhea and vomiting, as well as abdominal cramps. Viral infections often present with fever, fatigue, headache, and muscle pain. Bacterial infections can sometimes cause bloody stools .

  • Gastroenteritis symptoms usually develop suddenly within one to five days after exposure to an infectious agent and resolve within a week.

  • Stomach flu is usually spread by the fecal-oral route (that is, the accidental ingestion of an infected stool). This includes eating contaminated food or water, touching contaminated objects or surfaces, or having close contact with an infected person. Proper hand washing and regular cleaning of surfaces can greatly reduce the risk.

  • Stomach flu infection can vary depending on the cause of the infection. Of the three most common reasons:

    • Rotavirus is usually contagious two days before symptoms appear and up to 10 days after.
    • Campylobacter can be contagious two to five days before symptoms appear and up to a week or more after.
    • Escherichia coli ( E. coli ) can be contagious three to four days before symptoms appear and up to 10 days after.

  • Call your doctor or go to the nearest emergency center if you have gastroenteritis and:

    • You cannot retain fluid for more than 24 hours.
    • It has a temperature of over 104 degrees Fahrenheit.
    • Vomiting for more than two days
    • There are signs of severe dehydration.
    • Has bloody stools
    • Bloody vomit

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