Gastroenteritis is one of the most common types of bacterial stomach infections, and it affects a few thousand people every year all over the world. It’s what people commonly refer to as “stomach flu” even though it’s not part of the group of conditions that make up the actual flu virus, but a separate condition that you are most likely to pick up from contaminated food.
Sometimes also referred to as “gastro”, the condition can cause nausea, vomiting and violent diarrhea that could lead to very quick dehydration and might lead to further complications. Properly treated, gastroenteritis isn’t a life-threatening condition – and can be controlled and managed at home in most diagnosed cases until the symptoms go away.
The home treatment of gastroenteritis can ensure the symptoms are easier to deal with for the approximate 5-8 days most gastroenteritis infections will last for.
Here are 14 home cures for gastroenteritis that can help to control the condition and relieve the worst of the most common symptoms you are likely to experience.
Hydration is the single most important factor to think about if you have contracted a condition like gastroenteritis: Any condition that causes rapid dehydration can turn into one that’s extremely dangerous to the body if the same fluids lost aren’t replaced as soon as possible – and this is something that can be done at home, but something that should be considered the single most important priority for getting through the worst of the symptoms.
Most of what can cure gastroenteritis is to bind an upset stomach, to control vomiting and nausea and to replace the fluids that are lost with the right electrolyte-and-fluid balance. If this doesn’t work a few days into the infection, give up the thought of home treatment and see your doctor if your symptoms don’t let up once you’ve tried most of the methods.
Hydration should include enough to replace lost fluids, and enough to help the body recover as the infection works its way through the body.