This is the time of the year when a winter bug can take its ugly head,
Novrovirus causes vomiting and diarrhea and may last for two days.
In November, Norovirus forced the closure of hospital services only across the Gloucestershire border.
The disease and diarrhea mistake closed two departments for visitors to the hospital at the Ross Hospital, Alton Street, Ross on Wai, and her small injury unit was also temporarily closed.
In an effort to keep you and your family free from error, here are some top tips from the NHS.
And remember, try to avoid going to your general practitioner because a burrow can easily spread to others. Call your doctor or NHS 111 if you are affected or need advice.
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Symptoms of norovirus
You will probably have a norovial if you experience: you suddenly feel sick, vomiting of a projectile, watery diarrhea.
Some people also have low fever, headaches, painful stomach cramps and pain.
Symptoms appear one to two days after they become infected and usually last up to 2 or 3 days.
What to do if you or your children have a newborn:
- If you have sudden diarrhea and vomiting, it is best to stay at home until you feel better. There is no cure for norovirus, so you must allow it to complete the course.
- Normally you should not receive medical advice unless there is a risk of a more serious problem.
- Drink plenty of fluids to avoid dehydration. You should drink more than usual to replace fluids lost from vomiting and diarrhea – like water, adults might also taste fruit juice and soup. Avoid giving carbonated drinks or fruit juice to children, as it may aggravate their diarrhea. Babies should continue to feed as usual, either with breast milk or other milk gases.
- Seek medical advice if symptoms do not improve in a few days
- Take paracetamol for any temperature or pain and pain.
- Get plenty of rest.
- If you feel like eating, eat plain foods such as soup, rice, pasta and bread.
- Use special rehydration drinks made from bags purchased from pharmacies if you have signs of dehydration, such as dry mouth or dark urine.
- Adults may take antidiarrheal and anti-emetic (anti-vomiting) medicines – they are not suitable for everyone, though, so you should check the medical record or ask your pharmacist or advice counsel before trying them out.
- Babies and young children, especially if they are less than a year old, have a greater risk of becoming dehydrated.
- Novovirus can be easily spread, so you should regularly wash your hands while you are sick and stay out of work or school until you remove at least 48 hours after the symptoms to reduce the risk of transmission.
When to Get Medical Advice:
- You should not normally see your GP if you think that you or your child has a norovirus because there is no specific treatment for it. Antibiotics will not help because it is caused by a virus.
- Visiting your GP with a norovirus can put others at risk, so it's best to contact your doctor or NPC 111 if you are concerned or feel that you need advice.
Get medical help if:
- Your baby or child has gone 6 or more water stools for the past 24 hours or vomited 3 times or more in the past 24 hours
- Your baby or child is less responsive, feverish, or has pale or patterned skin
- You or your child have symptoms of severe dehydration, such as persistent dizziness, only a small amount of urine or no urine or reduced awareness at all – babies and elderly people are at greater risk of becoming dehydrated
- You have bloody diarrhea
- Your symptoms have not started to improve after a few days
- You or your child have a serious condition, such as kidney disease, and you have diarrhea and vomiting
How to stop the spread of Norovirus:
- Norovirus spreads very easily in public places such as hospitals, nursing homes and schools.
- You can catch it if tiny particles of vomiting or poo from an infected person enter the mouth, such as through:
close contact with someone with norovirus – they can breathe small particles that contain the virus that you can inhale
touching contaminated surfaces or objects – the virus can survive outside the body for several days,
eating contaminated foods – this can happen if the infected person does not wash his hands before handling food
- A norovirus face is most widespread when their symptoms begin up to 48 hours after all of their symptoms have passed, although they may also be contagious shortly before and after. You can get a norovirus more than once, because the virus is always changing so that your body is not able to build a long-term resistance to it.
Prevention of norovirus:
- It is not always possible to avoid getting a norovirus, but following the advice below, you can prevent the spread of the virus.
- Stay out of work or school for at least 48 hours after downloading your symptoms. You should also avoid visiting someone at a hospital at this time. Wash your hands frequently and thoroughly with soap and water, especially after using the toilet and before preparing food. Do not rely on alcohol gels because they do not kill the virus.
- Disinfect all surfaces or objects that could be contaminated. It is best to use a household bleach based on bleach.
- Wash all items of clothing or bedding that could be contaminated especially by warm wash to ensure that the virus is killed.
- Do not share towels and flannels.
- Avoid any infected poo or vomiting in the toilet and cleaning the surroundings.
- Avoid eating raw materials, unwashed products and only eating oysters from a reliable source, because oysters can carry norovirus.