Many times, many stomach related problems arise due to improper eating habits. One of these problems is stomach flu, which is also called gastroenteritis. Stomach flu can occur due to inflammation in the digestive system or due to infection in the stomach. This is a serious disease, ignoring it can cost you dearly. Let us tell you that ‘stomach flu’ can be caused by bacteria, parasites, viruses or even due to reaction of medicines.
What is ‘stomach flu’?
In case of stomach flu, the patient starts complaining of stomach cramps, vomiting and pain. A person affected by this disease may start having diarrhea. Viruses like rotavirus, astrovirus and norovirus etc. are often found in contaminated food or water. This virus enters our body with food and water and starts spreading the infection. Children, the elderly and people with weak immune systems are at greater risk of this virus.
More danger in heat and rain
Let us tell you that generally the risk of stomach flu is seen highest during summer or rainy season. Due to the humidity and moisture during summer and rainy season, the bacteria of this disease provide a favorable environment to grow. Vegetables, fruits and even cooked food spoils in this season. At the same time, mosquitoes and flies also help in spreading these bacteria from one place to another.
Symptoms of ‘stomach flu’
mild skin irritation
feeling cold or shivering
loss of appetite
What to do to avoid stomach flu
To avoid stomach flu, one should consume plenty of water during summer season. Apart from this, consume lemonade, sattu, fresh fruit juice and ORS etc. Do not go out in strong sunlight during this period. Do not wait for these symptoms to become more serious and consult a doctor early on.
Disclaimer: The suggestions in this article are for general information. Do not take these tips and information as advice from a doctor or medical professional. In case of symptoms of any disease, definitely consult a doctor.