Stomach Flu: General Information
Digestive system is one of the important systems of the human body. Digestive system is a chain of various body organs like stomach, liver, spleen, intestines, pancreas, colon etc. Stomach is an important part of the digestive system. There are number of functions assigned to stomach in digestion of food. There are certain factors which can develop abnormalities of the stomach and lead to malfunctioning of stomach. This malfunctioning not only has adverse affect on stomach and digestive system but also adversely affects our health. Stomach flu is one of such abnormalities. In this article we will elaborate on the definition, causes, symptoms and treatment options of the stomach flu. Readers must understand that this information is provided here with an aim of making you understand the basics of stomach flu and should not take it as an authority. You must consult your health care provider for proper diagnosis and treatment, whenever you suspect or experience symptoms of stomach flu.
Description of Stomach Flu
Stomach Flu is also referred to as Gastroenteritis in medical terminology. In simple words, stomach flu is a health condition wherein stomach and intestines gets inflamed. Generally, such inflammation vanishes on its own within couple of days. Due to this proprietary stomach flu is usually referred to as ’24 hour flu’. Germs of the gastro enter the human body through mouth. The symptoms of stomach flu surface gradually over a period of time. Though the gastroenteritis is generally termed as stomach ‘flu’ it is not caused due to influenza viruses.
Sings and Symptoms of Stomach Flu
Symptoms of stomach flu develop gradually over a period of time. It may take several days to surface the symptoms after the germs of gastro enter the human body. Diarrhea, headache, vomiting, fever and dehydration are the most common symptoms of stomach flu. However, fever and vomiting may not occur in some cases. But diarrhea is present in every case of stomach flu.
Causes behind occurrence of Stomach Flu
There are number of factors responsible for occurrence of stomach flu. Certain parasites, viruses and bacteria are considered as main causes behind development of stomach flu condition. These parasites, bacteria and viruses are found in pet and wild animals, birds, soil and even in human. When the germs of gastro enter the stomach through mouth, stomach flu develops. However, these germs do not display any immediate symptoms but the symptoms surface gradually after some days.
Prevention of Stomach Flu
Adopting hygienic health habits can help you in combating occurrence of stomach flu. Entrance of germs in mouth is considered is main factor that could lead to occurrence of stomach flu. You must ensure that you prevent this very cause. Washing you hands, specifically before and after eating, is one of the best methods which can help you in prevention of stomach flu.
When to consult your doctor?
Usually, symptoms of stomach flu vanish at their own in couple of days. However, in rare cases, you may experience the symptoms for longer periods. Not necessarily these symptoms must be of stomach flu but surely are symptoms of other stomach disorders. Never ignore any symptom. Consult you health care provider, get it diagnosed and treated.