Stomach Bug: Symptoms, Treatment and Causes

What Is A Stomach Bug?

Norovirus, also called the “winter vomiting bug”, commonly referred to as a stomach bug causes vomiting and diarrhoea. It can be caused by bacterial food poisoning. It can be very unpleasant, but usually only lasts about 2 days.

Stomach bug symptoms

The main symptoms of this stomach bug are:

·      Feeling sick (nausea)

·      Diarrhoea

·      Being sick (vomiting)

You might also have:

·      A high temperature

·      A headache

·      Aching arms and legs

How to treat norovirus yourself

You can usually treat yourself or your child at home. The most important thing is to rest and avoid dehydration by drinking plenty of fluids. You will usually start to feel better in 2 to 3 days.

Stay off school or work until you have not been sick or had diarrhoea for at least 2 days, to avoid spreading the infection to others.

Do not visit hospitals or care homes during the time that you are infected, as norovirus can spread very easily.

Is the stomach bug contagious?

Norovirus can spread very easily.

You can catch this stomach bug from:

·      Being in close contact with someone that has norovirus

·      Touching surfaces or objects that have the virus on them, then touching your mouth

·      Eating food that’s been prepared or handled by someone with norovirus

Washing your hands frequently with soap and water is the best way to stop this infection spreading. Alcohol sanitising gels for the hands do not kill norovirus.