Norovirus: The winter vomiting bug
Sometimes known as the winter vomiting bug, Norovirus is caused by a number of different viruses, but every variation of the virus can cause gastroenteritis.
Children are susceptible to a virus called Rotavirus, which causes the same symptoms as Norovirus does in adults.
Symptoms usually include vomiting and diarrhea.
How to avoid catching or spreading it
Norovirus is highly contagious. So, if you catch the infection, be careful not to pass it on to other people.
Wash your hands regularly with soap, especially after going to the toilet, and ideally disinfect the toilet seat and flush handle after use too. Try to stay at home while you have the symptoms and avoid preparing or serving food.
How to treat diarrhea
You can, of course, treat your diarrhea and quickly feel better. IMODIUM® works in harmony with your body to help restore its natural rhythm. You shouldn’t think that it’s best to let diarrhea run its course or ‘flush’ your system of bacteria. Diarrhea is not a defense mechanism that works to fight infection - your immune system does that - but a symptom of disruption to your digestion. When left to run its course, diarrhea can lead to dehydration, so it’s wise to treat it early.