HEALTH TIPS: How To Battle That Contagious Stomach Bug

HEALTH TIPS: How To Battle That Contagious Stomach Bug


STANDING AT BOTTOM OF THE SPACE NEEDLE HOLDING THE CONTROLLER. WE MAY BE IN THE MID OF FLU SEASON BUT PATIENTS VISITING DOCTOR’S OFFICE ARE COMPLAINING OF STOMACH ILLNESS FAMILIES KNOW STOMACH VIRUS IS CONTAGIOUS BUT HOW DO YOU BEST BATTLE WILL THE BUG? JEN CUDDLE IS HERE THIS MORNING WITH THAT ADVICE. DOCTOR JEN, YOU KNOW, WE EXPECT TO HEAR ABOUT FLU BUT THIS STOMACH THING. IT WAS BAD A FEW DAYS AGO. IT WAS GOING AROUND NEWS ROOM. YES, DIFFERENT PARTS OF THE COUNTRY HAS HAD LOTS OF CASES OF THE STOMACH VIRUS. WE CALL IT GASTROENTERITIS, THAT MEANS AN INFLAMMATION OF THE LINING OF THE STOMACH AND IT CAN HAPPEN, VIRUS, BACTERIA , VIRUSES ARE MOST COMMON. RUNNING RAMPANT IN SOME PARTS OF THE COUNTRY. JIM MENTIONED AT ONE POINT IT WAS RUNNING AROUND NEWS ROOM, I HAD A COUPLE COLLOGUES , IS IT CONTAGIOUS AND IF YOU HAD TO STAY HOME FROM SCHOOL OR WORK, WHAT SHOULD YOU DO. IT IS ACTUALLY, HIGHLY CONTAGIOUS TO BE HONEST WITH YOU, AND — YOU KNOW ME, MR. PARANOID. YOU KNOW ME, THESE ARE PROBABLY HALLMARKS SYMPTOMS OF GASTROENTERITIS, VOMITING, DIARRHEA BUT YOU CAN GET, ABDOMINAL CRAMPS, FEVER, NAUSEA AND HEADACHES AND IT CAN BE VERY CONTAGIOUS. YOU HAVE TO MAKE SURE THAT YOU ARE HEALTHY BEFORE YOU GET BACK TO WORK, SCHOOL SO YOU DON’T HAVE A FEVER, NOT VOMITING AND DON’T HAVE DIARY A SO IMPORTANT. PEOPLE WERE COMING BACK. I WAS WALKING AROUND IN A HAZMAT SUIT. I BELIEVE THAT YOU HAVE THE THE WHOLE MASK. YES. IS THERE ANTIBIOTICS, ARE THEY GOOD TO COMBAT THAT OR IS IT THE COMPLETELY THROUGH AND THEN — THAT IS A GOOD QUESTION. QUITE HONESTLY MOST CAUSES OF GASTROENTERITIS THAT WE SEE ARE CAUSED BY VIRUS AND THEY CANNOT BE TREATED WITH ANTIBIOTICS. AS A PHYSICIAN IF YOU COME IN AND I THINK YOU HAVE A VIRAL GASTROENTERITIS WHICH IS WHAT MOST PEOPLE HAVE, CAUSE OF THE NAUSEA, VOMITING, DIARRHEA I AM NOT GIVING YOU ANTIBIOTICS. IT IS JUST WAITING TO GET IT DIED DOWN AND IT TAKES THREE OR FOUR DAYS. COUPLE DAYS YOU SHOULD START FEELING BETTER AND GET BETTER FROM THERE ON. YOU WILL TEST OUR KNOWLEDGE ON THIS, RIGHT. WE HAVE FANCY MACHINERY. WE HAVE A GAME. FACT OR FICTION. YES. I’M INCREDIBLY COMPETITIVE. RAHEL SAYS SHE WILL WIN. QUESTION NUMBER ONE. FACT OR FICTION THE STOMACH FLU IS A TYPE OF FLU VIRUS, IS THAT FACT OR IS THAT FICTION. YOU ARE UPSIDE DOWN. IT IS FICTION. SO, WE CALL IT STOMACH FLU IT IS NO THE REALLY THE FLU. IT IS JUST SORT OF THE STOMACH BUG. THE IT IS IN THE THE FLU BUT WE OFTEN CALL THAT IT. DIFFERENT QUESTION. YOU CAN GET A STOMACH VIRUS MANY TIMES IN YOUR LIFETIME. FACT. THAT IS FACT. YOU GUYS ARE DOING AWESOME. YES. I SHOULD BE A DOCTOR. YES. HE SAID THAT. YES, YOU CAN GET AS MANY TIMES, THROUGHOUT YOUR LIFETIME BECAUSE IT CAN BE MANY DIFFERENT VIRUS THAT CAN COME BACK AND TORT, THAT IS VERY TRUE. LAST STATEMENT, TRUE OR FALSE, FACT OR FICTION YOU CAN BE INFECT WITH THE STOMACH VIRUS AT THE ANYTIME OF THE YEAR, IS THAT TRUE OR FALSE. FACT. YES, SEE I’M TELLING YOU, I SHOULD BE ENROLLED IN MEDICAL SCHOOL. YES YOU ARE RIGHT. SO IT CAN HAPPEN ANYTIME OF THE YEAR, IT CAN HAPPEN BECAUSE MANY DIFFERENT VIRUSES , MAIN THING AND WE SHOULD TALK ABOUT IT TOO, WHAT DO YOU DO IF YOU GET THIS. BIGGEST THING BECAUSE WE USUALLY DON’T GIVE ANTIBIOTICS , YOU GOT TO SIT, WAIT AND MAKE YOURSELF COMFORTABLE. MAKE SURE YOU DRINK PLENTY HAVE FLUIDS. YOU CAN GET DEHYDRATED FROM VOMITING AND DIARRHEA. ESPECIALLY HARD ON KID, ELDERLY PEOPLE. FLUID IS A MAIN STAY. MAKE SURE YOU EAT A BLAND DIET , ABOUT NAN AS, RICE, APPLE SAUCE AND TOAST. TAKE IT EASY. MAKE SURE YOU ARE RESTING AND STAY HOME UNTIL YOU GET BETTER THAT IS REALLY IMPORTANT. GOOD ADVICE AND GREAT STUFF TO TALK ABOUT DURING BREAKFAST THANKS, DOCTOR JEN. WE WILL BE RIGHT BACK.

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