When to see a doctor about norovirus

The majority of the time those that catch norovirus do not require medical treatment, as norovirus tends to run its course within a couple of days. Common symptoms of norovirus include:

  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Stomach cramping
  • Low-grade fever

Health professionals advise people to drink plenty of liquids to avoid getting dehydrated, as severely dehydrated people will require hospitalization.

When to see a doctor

If you have the symptoms mentioned above, stay hydrated and see if your symptoms pass within a day or two. However, if signs of dehydration occur, consult a doctor immediately. Signs of dehydration include:

  • Dry mouth
  • Decreased urination
  • Urination concentrated (very yellow)
  • Fatigue
  • Headache
  • Dizziness
  • Increased thirst
  • Confusion
  • Lack of tears or sweat
  • Seizures

Babies, young children, and the elderly are most susceptible to becoming dehydrated, so be sure to monitor regularly for signs. If you suspect dehydration, consult a doctor immediately.

You should also consult a doctor if:

  • You experience bloody stools
  • Your symptoms do not get better after 3 days

Go to the nearest emergency medical facility if the following occurs:

  • You develop a high fever (over 103 F)
  • You have fainting spells
  • You have difficulty breathing
  • You have chest pain
  • You’ve had no urine output despite drinking liquids for the last 12 hours
  • You have a drop in blood pressure (which could cause dizziness or fainting)