Bina Mehta, Pharmacist at Boots, has shared advice on how to relieve norovirus symptoms and support the body’s recovery from the virus, as cases have recently increased significantly in England, according to UK Health Security Agency.*
Bina said: “Norovirus, also known as the winter vomiting bug, is an unpleasant stomach bug causing vomiting and diarrhoea. Main symptoms include feeling sick, being sick and diarrhoea, but in some cases, people may also have a high temperature, a headache as well as aching arms and legs. These symptoms can start suddenly within one to two days of being infected, and usually go away in about two days.
"It is important to rest and drink lots of fluids to avoid dehydration, but it usually clears up by itself and can be treated at home. If it's suitable for you, you can take paracetamol for any fever or aches and pains. You can also consider rehydration sachets if you are showing signs of dehydration, such as a dry mouth or dark urine. To avoid spreading norovirus you should stay off work or keep your child off school until you or your child has not been sick or had diarrhoea for at least two days, as this is when you are most infectious. Norovirus can spread very easily – you can catch it from being in close contact with someone with the virus, touching surfaces or objects that have the virus on them and then touching your mouth or eating food that has been prepared or handled by someone with norovirus. Ensure you wash your hands frequently with soap and water to stop the virus spreading. It is important to note that alcohol hand gels do not kill norovirus.
"If you are worried or concerned you can get advice from 111 who can arrange a phone call from a nurse or doctor if you need one. You should call 999 or go to A&E if you or your child vomit blood, have vomit that looks like ground coffee or have green or yellow-green vomit. If you suspect something poisonous might have been swallowed, have a stiff neck and pain when looking at bright lights or have a sudden severe headache or stomachache you should also call 999 or go to A&E."
Imodium Instants - 6 Tablets £3.65.**
Can provide relief from diarrhoea and can stop it in less than one hour. Contains loperamide hydrochloride.
Dioralyte Blackcurrant - 20 Sachets £11.99**
Indicated for the replacement of essential body water and salts in the treatment of acute diarrhoea in infants, children and adults.
Boots Paracetamol 500mg Tablets 16 Tablets £0.49**
For relief of fever.
*Norovirus cases increase significantly in England - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)
**Always read the label. Note the Boots Pharmacist does not endorse these products.