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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