Stomach Virus: Natural and Homeopathic Remedies
Natural and homeopathic remedies can also help alleviate the symptoms without the risk of the more harmful side effects of stronger medications. The following are recommended:
- Chamomile. Chamomile can also help reduce stomach virus-related symptoms like nausea, cramping, bloating, and gas. It has anti-spasmodic and anti-inflammatory properties, making it particularly effective in soothing stomach and intestinal cramps. It is also an anti-microbial agent, so it reduces internal infections and inflammations, especially when combined with other anti-microbial plants like thyme or Echinacea. It has calming properties and a mild, soothing taste, which makes it suitable for children.
- Ginger root. Powdered ginger root can be made into hot tea by adding boiling water. In China, it has a long history as traditional home remedy for morning sickness, motion sickness, and nausea. But it should be noted that once your vomiting ginger can lead to worsened esophageal reflux.
- Peppermint. Peppermint is a pleasant-tasting herbal alternative that relieves all kinds of tummy-related aches and pains. As a hot tea, peppermint acts as an anti-spasmodic, which means it can relieve stomach, intestinal cramps and hyperacidity. It is also a carminative, which means it can help dispel gas and bloating in the digestive system.
Stomach Virus: Diagnostic Tests
Stomach viruses cannot be cured by antibiotics or other medications since they aren’t caused by bacteria. They are self-limiting: nearly all cases of stomach virus resolve by themselves after a few days. However, you should call a doctor if:
- You’re not able to keep liquids down for 24 hours
- You’ve been vomiting for more than 48 hours
- You’re vomiting or excreting blood
- You have a swollen stomach or abdominal pain
- You’re dehydrated — characteristic signs include weakness, lightheadedness, decreased urination, dry skin, dry mouth and lack of sweat and tears.
- You have a fever above 104 F (40 C).
Doctors base their diagnosis of stomach virus on the basis of a physical exam, your symptoms, and complete medical history. You may be asked for a blood test. Sometimes, a stool sample is needed to rule out other possible causes. A stool test can also test for the presence of the rotavirus, although it does not identify other virus strains.