Symptoms of Norovirus

Norovirus is the type of virus that can compromise your intestines and stomach. The symptoms typically include stomach and digestive problems that can make your life miserable for a day or two. Since norovirus is extremely contagious, it is important to know and be able to recognize the symptoms so you can take measures to prevent norovirus from spreading to others. There are certain symptoms that you can look for in determining if you or someone you know is contaminated with norovirus.[1]

  • Diarrhea (more common in adults)
  • Vomiting (more common in children)
  • Nausea
  • Stomach pain
  • Low grade fever
  • Body aches
  • Chills
  • Dehydration

Symptoms typically start within 24 hours after contact with the virus and only last about two or three days. The intensity of symptoms vary from person to person. Some people will tend to vomit, and others tend to have diarrhea.

Be on guard for dehydration

Diarrhea and vomiting can cause dehydration. Your body is eliminating nutrients that are needed to survive. Once the symptoms of norovirus have begun, you must try everything you can do stay hydrated. Drink plenty of water, try consuming fruit or vegetables, and do not do any strenuous activities. Plenty of rest and water or juice can help in the healing process and can prevent other health issues from arising. Take it easy if you start experiencing symptoms and stay home from work or school for a couple of days.

Dehydration is one of the most serious symptoms of norovirus, as it can become deadly if not taken care of right away. Symptoms of dehydration include dizziness when standing, decreased urination, lethargy, lack of tears, dizziness, and dry mouth or throat. Babies, toddlers, and the elderly are more susceptible to becoming dehydrated. If these symptoms are noticeable, it is imminent that you seek medical attention.

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