Everything you need to know about the winter vomiting bug Norovirus from prevention to treatment

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Hold on to your stomachs. The winter vomiting illness Norovirus is back for another year. But what do you need to know?

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The winter vomiting big Norovirus that stuck down over 1.2m people in 2012 is back for another year.

Anyone that suffered Norovirus first time round knows that although it is just a stomach bug - it feels much like a gut wrenching, crying on the bathroom floor, end of humanity as we know it, type of sickness.

Happy days.

Here's how to be prepared for the second coming...

What is Norovirus?


Norovirus is simply 'stomach flu'. It is the most common cause of infectious gastroenteritis, known as 'winter vomiting disease.'

It is the most common stomach infection in the UK and is not usually dangerous – with most people recovering in one or two days.

Symptoms of Norovirus


According to the NHS, nausea is the first symptom and can kick in between 24-48 hours after infection.

This is usually followed by vomiting and diarrhoea. Some people may experience a mild fever, aching limbs or headaches.

Symptoms usually only last one or two days.

Treatments for Norovirus?


There is no specific treatment - unfortunately you just have to let it run it's course.

Stay at home and drink plenty of fluids to prevent dehydration. Take regular sips of water or fruit juice even if you are feeling sick.

Adults can take anti-diarrhoea medicines or rehydration drinks.

You must avoid infecting other people by washing your hands regularly. Stay at home for 48 hours after the last symptom and don't prepare food for anyone.

Care must be taken with the very young or elderly.

Can you prevent catching Norovirus?


You can not stop yourself from getting it – just be careful to wash your hands regularly and avoid raw or unwashed foods.

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