Several viruses, including the stomach flu, are making the rounds in KELOLAND. Instead of going to the doctor's office when battling a virus, such as the stomach flu, you might want to try some over-the-counter medication first.
"First of all you need to figure out what your symptoms are," Lewis Drug Pharmacy Director Bill Ladwig said.
Ladwig says you can take an over-the-counter product for diarrhea, such as Pepto-Bismol.
"You can treat the diarrhea, but sometimes you don't want to stop the diarrhea if it's a viral condition that's causing the irritation," Ladwig said.
What you eat also impacts your stomach. You should avoid dairy products, caffeine and alcohol until your symptoms end.
"Don't eat things that are irritating," Ladwig said.
Ladwig also says it's important to stay hydrated, but if you're looking for relief, you might just have to wait a couple days.
"The GI flu kind of runs its own course. You can take some Tylenol for it, but I wouldn't use any of the anti-inflammatory drugs," Ladwig said.
You should see a doctor if you or your loved one is getting too dehydrated. The elderly and children are most at risk.