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If you’ve had a hectic schedule this semester, staying in bed for most of spring break probably sounded like a great option. What better way to relax, right? Not if you were one of the many students hit with gastroenteritis over spring break.
What’s gastroenteritis? Simply put, it’s the stomach flu. It’s nausea, vomiting and diarrhea. It’s when you’re sick enough to be camped out in the bathroom for most of the day. Other symptoms can include headache, fever, body aches, and abdominal aches. It’s no fun to come down with.
The good news is that most people with gastroenteritis can successfully treat their symptoms at home. You should be focused on staying hydrated and eating when you’re able. Sports drinks like Gatorade are best for dehydration. If your stomach is too sensitive for Gatorade, ginger ale (with REAL ginger) will also work.
Treat any diarrhea you’re experiencing with Imodium. Eat solid foods when you’re up to it. Antibiotics only help if the cause is bacteria, not a virus.
You should seek medical attention if you have bloody diarrhea or vomit or if your symptoms have been occurring for more than 72 hours. Because the stomach flu is easily spread, do not go to work or class while sick. Be sure to practice good hygiene and wash your hands after using the bathroom. If you have roommates, consider wiping down the bathroom and other shared areas with cleaning wipes.
If you have questions or concerns about your condition, contact UHS for medical advice or an appointment at 608-265-5600.