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What’s going around: Viral gastroenteritis

MADISON (WKOW) — Your little one might be complaining of an upset stomach.  That’s because viral gastroenteritis is going around.

Rachel Lewandowski, a physician assistant at UnityPoint Health – Meriter’s West Washington Clinic, said she’s been seeing more cases of this in clinic.

The main symptom is diarrhea.  People may also experience vomiting, stomach cramps and a fever.

Lewandowski said, the most important way to treat gastroenteritis is by staying hydrated. If your stomach can tolerate bland foods, Lewandowski said stick to the BRAT diet: bananas, rice, applesauce and toast.  Occasionally medicines for nausea or diarrhea can help, but talk to your doctor first.

It’s time to seek medical attention if there’s blood in the stool, a high fever, severe vomiting, trouble keeping down fluids, weakness, excessive tiredness, recent international travel or symptoms lasting longer than seven days.

Caroline Bach

Anchor, 27 News at 11

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