Viral gastroenteritis (stomach flu) is an inflammation of the stomach and intestines caused by one of any number of viruses. It can affect anyone.
Dr Pratit Samdani, General Physician from Jaslok Hospital said, “Since the last three weeks, I am witnessing a surge in the number of viral gastroenteritis and rotavirus patients in the age group 0f 30 to 45. The number of patients has increased from 30% to 40%. They complain of watery diarrhoea. Because of the severe dehydration they also suffer from severe kidney injuries. It takes 7 to 10 days for these patients to recover.”
Dr Samdani list outs the symptoms:
- Acute watery diarrhoea
- Abdominal pain
- Low grade fever
- Nausea and vomiting
He added, “A change in weather can be the reason. So, drink boiled water. Avoid consuming stale food and the food which is cooked for a longer time and chutney. Also, maintain a good hygiene.”
Dr Gautam Bhansali, Consultant Physician at Bombay Hospital said, “The number of viral gastroenteritis patients has gone up. Every day, 4 to 5 patients visit me for the same. The humid weather and the changing food habits can invite this problem. Avoid eating roadside food and drinking contaminated water.”
As per Dr Ankita Ghag, Clinical Nutritionist, Vacchan Aarogya and Diabetes Care 365:
- BRAT (Banana, Rice, Apple/Anar,Toast) diet is recommended for diarrhoea.
- Opt for mashed potato, steamed /baked/ boiled chicken, oatmeal and curd.
- Stay hydrated. Drink lemon water, clear soups and coconut water
- Consume small and frequent meals.
- Eat slowly and chew your food, don’t gulp down as it may result in poor digestion
- Avoid spicy oil and processed foods, milk, raw vegetables, alcohol, carbonated beverages, sweeteners, citrus fruits such as pineapple, orange grapefruit, extremely hot and cold beverages, cherries, grapes, figs, currants, raisins and seeded berries.
Dos and don’ts:
- Self and kitchen hygiene helps reduce most of the stomach infection cases.
- Avoid road side coolers like sherbats, milkshakes, gollas and specially the ice.