Preventing Stomach Flu: Hygiene Practices to Keep the Virus at Bay

Stomach flu, commonly referred to as viral gastroenteritis, is typically the result of infection with other viruses, such as norovirus or rotavirus. Stomach flu is characterized by inflammation in your stomach and intestines, which can lead to symptoms like nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, abdominal cramps, and sometimes fever.

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Stomach flu is a contagious condition that spreads through contaminated food, water, or contact with infected individuals. While it shares some symptoms with influenza, it primarily affects your digestive system. Proper hydration and rest are important in managing its symptoms, and the illness often resolves on its own within a few days.

To prevent stomach flu and reduce the risk of infection, you can consider following these practices:  

  • Wash your hands regularly. Wash your hands regularly with water and soap before and after eating, coming home from outside, when meeting lots of people, after going to public places, etc. Moreover, teach your kids how to wash their hands properly.  
  • Clean the area of the sick people. If someone is sick (around you), clean those areas used by them. Meet them with masks on and clean your hands afterwards.  
  • Eat healthy food. You should prefer eating homemade food, which is properly washed and cooked. If you may, you can occasionally eat outside food from good and clean places, restaurants, or hotels. When you make any type of meat, be sure you wash and cook them properly.  
  • Avoid raw, unwashed, or undercooked food.  
  • When traveling, drink water only from a well-sealed bottle.  
  • Avoid ice cubes, as they can be made from contaminated water.  
  • Avoid raw dairy products and fruits because they may contain germs, consume them only when they are pasteurized.  
  • Avoid sharing personal items such as towels, toothbrushes, eating utensils, drinking glasses, or other sharable items.  
  • In some countries, vaccination shots can be given to kids and infants to prevent the stomach flu. Make sure to get them all for your kids. 

Stomach flu is a viral infection that can be prevented if you take the necessary precautions. And if it happens, it can be cured if you take care of yourself properly. But if you notice symptoms of dehydration, seek medical help immediately.  

If you or your loved one has symptoms for any digestive disorders, have them/yourself checked. You can schedule an appointment with Doral Health and Wellness Gastroenterology Center’s best gastro doctors in Brooklyn. If you are looking for stomach flu treatments, you can also talk to our specialists and inquire with them. To schedule an appointment, please visit us at 1797 Pitkin Avenue, Brooklyn, New York 11212 or call 1-347-384-5690.