MADISON (WKOW) — The stomach flu is a nickname for gastroenteritis.
Elizabeth Lucht, a physician assistant at Group Health Cooperative’s Capitol Clinic, says she’s been seeing more cases of gastroenteritis in clinic lately.
Lucht lists common symptoms as follows:
- Stomach pain
As far as treatment goes, Lucht says antibiotics are not typically effective because gastroenteritis is usually caused by a virus. She recommends the following treatment options:
- Stay hydrated
- Eat simple foods (ie. crackers, toast, rice)
- Avoid medicines like Imodium or Pepto-Bismol
- Don’t spread germs to others; wash your hands, and stay home from work or school.
For children, it’s time to go see a health provider if they have a fever above 102.2, have blood in their stool, have a large amount of diarrhea or vomiting or dehydration, or have symptoms lasting longer than a week.
Likewise with adults, Lucht says it’s time to get medical help if you’re really dehydrated, have symptoms lasting longer than a week, have extreme stomach pain, or have an underlying health issue.