Gastrointestinal flu: symptoms and treatment

In the cold season, in addition to colds and respiratory diseases, viral gastroenterocolitis, commonly called intestinal flu, is also often met, sometimes called abdominal or gastric flu.

This name they received because the patients simultaneously show signs of influenza and gastrointestinal disorders.

Gastrointestinal influenza u occurs due to the ingestion of rotavirus into the human body. Everyone can get sick of this disease - from the baby to the old man, but most often the infection is diagnosed in children aged 6 to 12 months.

According to statistics, 40 percent of all intestinal infections in children are rotavirus. Adults also become infected during the care of sick children. Intestinal flu has become widespread in the US, and then it has already reached European countries.

How can I get infected?

Why does gastric flu occur, and what is it? The virus penetrates the human body through the mucous membrane of the gastrointestinal tract.

  1. One type of transmission is food. That is, the infection enters the body through unwashed fruits, vegetables, substandard dairy products.
  2. The second route of infection is airborne. With loud talk, sneezing, coughing, germs from a sick person spread in the air.
  3. It is not excluded and transmission of gastric flu by contact-household way. Therefore, during the outbreak of the disease, it is recommended that you use your own utensils and refuse from the services of a common dining room.

Intestinal virus is destroyed only by concentrated chlorine-containing disinfectants.

Symptoms of gastric flu in adults

The average duration of the incubation period of gastric flu of the viral etiology is 5 days, but a shorter period may be observed, but with all variants of the incubation period there are no clinical manifestations of the disease.

Characteristic disease periods :

  • incubation period lasts 2-5 days;
  • acute period - up to 7 days;
  • convalescence or convalescence - up to 5 days.

In the case of gastric flu, the symptoms are of the following character:

  1. After the incubation period, body temperature rises sharply, signs of a febrile syndrome appear, vomiting and diarrhea begin. Allocations may change color, sometimes blood streaks appear in the stool.
  2. Abdominal pain. A person with rotavirus infection experiences spasmodic pains in the abdomen of different intensity. Runny nose, sore throat, sneezing. Often, intestinal flu develops immediately before the outbreak of traditional influenza and can be accompanied by common signs of a viral infection.
  3. Loss of appetite, weakness. For 7-10 days of illness the human body can be severely depleted, facial features sharpen, blood pressure may drop and signs of mild anemia may appear.

Rotavirus infection is easily confused with ordinary intestinal poisoning, so for an accurate diagnosis, you should contact a specialist. Symptoms of intestinal flu pose a danger to human health and life.


To prevent infection with viruses and increase the body's immune defenses, it is important to observe simple hygiene rules: wash hands thoroughly, consume only boiled water, well-cooked dishes and only pasteurized dairy products.

Do not swallow water when swimming in natural water. If a virus infection is detected, contact with other people should be minimized, and household items and premises should be thoroughly disinfected.

Intestinal flu is an infectious disease that is very acute. Gastroenteritis has a vivid symptomatology, however its signs are characteristic for other serious diseases, therefore for the diagnosis and treatment of ailment it is necessary to seek professional help. It is much easier to prevent infection with rotavirus, for which you need to follow the basic rules of personal hygiene and minimize contact with the sick person.

Treatment of gastric flu

In the case of gastric flu, a specific treatment has not been developed to date. Therefore, treatment of gastric flu in adults is purely symptomatic.

The main thing is to get rid of body intoxication as soon as possible, to restore the water-salt balance to normal, it can be disturbed during vomiting, diarrhea. A person should not be dehydrated, it is necessary to remove all toxins, normalize the work of the heart, strengthen the vascular walls, prevent the bacterial infection from developing.

We must endure an acute period, despite the unpleasant symptoms. In just 5-7 days, everything will return to normal.

  1. At the onset of diarrhea and vomiting should restore the water and salt balance - for this you need to dilute the pack of Regidron in a liter of warm water and drink 1-2 small sips.
  2. Take sorbents, for example, activated charcoal, Sorbex, Enterosgel or others two times a day until the gastrointestinal symptoms are completely eliminated.
  3. If necessary, use antipyretic agents to normalize body temperature.
  4. Digestive enzymes are also used - treatment with Mezim forte, Creon, Pancreatin.
  5. After stopping the inflammatory process, you need to take care of the intestinal microflora. In this situation, you need to take probiotics for the intestines - Bifiform, Lineks, Hilak forte.

The use of antibiotics in intestinal flu is meaningless, since the infection has a viral, and not bacterial, nature.

Nutrition and diet

To accelerate treatment with rotavirus infection, try to maintain a gentle regime. From the diet should be excluded:

  • fried;
  • fatty foods;
  • dairy products;
  • juices and drinks with gas.

From foods with gastric flu, you should eat dried bread, pasta, water-welded cereals( semolina, rice, buckwheat), chicken eggs( boiled in steep, no more than 1 egg a day).

Gradually in the diet of the patient can include low-fat soups, stewed without salt and spices, vegetables, mashed potatoes, mashed curd, fresh fruit and berries.

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