Norovirus & Diarrhoea
You want to get through it as fast as you can, and get back to normality.
Norovirus is a very common condition during the winter months. It’s actually the biggest viral cause of gastrointestinal illness in the country. It is often accompanied by uncomfortable diarrhoea and can really put your life out of rhythm. Luckily, a few simple tips like washing your hands with soap can significantly reduce the chance of getting it.
What is Norovirus?
Norovirus or the Winter Vomiting Bug is caused by a number of different viruses, but every variation of the virus can cause gastroenteritis. If you are unlucky enough to catch it, the symptoms usually include vomiting and diarrhoea.
Norovirus often leads to dehydration, which can be a risk especially with young children and the elderly. As a result it is important to drink fluids or use oral rehydration solutions regularly if you have the illness. IMODIUM® can often help you cope with the symptoms while your body fights the virus.
Prevention and Treatment
If you catch norovirus you should be careful not to spread the infection to other people. You should try to wash your hands with soap regularly and particularly after going to the toilet. Ideally you should disinfect the toilet seat and flush handle after use too. Try to stay at home while you have the symptoms and avoid preparing or serving food.
Norovirus is highly contagious so if you don’t wash your hands with soap you can easily spread it to other people. That’s why crowded, contained places like offices are so often the place where the infection spreads.
Many people suffer from diarrhoea frequently. You are not alone.
If you suffer from diarrhoea frequently, there are often plenty of things you can do about it. Longer lasting or persistently recurrent diarrhoea can indicate an underlying medical condition, so you may need to consult your doctor.