Doctor explains the difference between stomach flu and influenza
LA CROSSE, Wis. (WKBT) — It’s a common illness with a misleading name: the stomach flu.
According to the CDC, the stomach flu causes inflammation of the stomach or intestines.
Two forms of it are Norovirus and Rotovirus.
Influenza, on the other hand, is a respiratory virus.
The stomach flu spreads by contaminated food, water, and people infected with it.
Symptoms of it are nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea.
The only way to treat it is rest and lots of fluids, but if you’re still sick after a few days you’ll want to talk to your doctor.
“If you’ve had it for more than ten days or a couple weeks, that’s too long. You should probably consider looking into some other causes, whether maybe there’s a bacterial thing going on or something else that’s causing diarrhea that’s not an infection at all,” said Dr. Joel Greenya, Mayo Clinic Health System.
The influenza vaccine doesn’t prevent the stomach flu, but it can be prevented by washing your hands, wiping down surfaces you touch, and staying out of contact with someone infected.
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