Doctors Offer Advice on Dealing With Stomach Viruses

Published 02/17 2014 02:03PM

Updated 02/17 2014 10:51PM

(ST. JOSEPH, Mo.) Since we're all holed up indoors in these colder months, stomach viruses can hit hard, and may hit your whole family or workplace.

Viruses like norovirus can be very contagious and will mostly attack your digestive system.

Symptoms like vomiting, diarrhea, and nausea are common with these viruses.

And dehydration is a real threat from those symptoms.

Sarah Knorr, a family nurse practitioner from Northwest Health Services, says viral infections do not react to antibiotics.

Knorr says if you have a bug, you need rest, fluids in small amounts, and to let the virus run its course for a few days.

"It's always frustrating to tell my patients I'm sorry there's nothing I can do to help you except give you some medicine to treat your symptoms," Dr. Knorr said.  "I wish I had a magic drug to fix it.  The viruses replicate and change so quickly that they're not able to make medications and to treat that."

A pharmacist we spoke to on the phone confirmed that stomach bugs have seemed more prevalent recently.

She says there are a number of remedies for diarrhea and nausea available over the counter.

Knorr says to check your cleaning supplies to make sure they kill viruses like the norovirus.

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