What Is the Norovirus?
Norovirus is a contagious virus contracted by contact with contaminated
surfaces, as well as contact with an infected individual or consumption
of food or water that has been contaminated. This virus then causes inflammation
of the stomach and intestines.
Common symptoms of this illness include:
- Abdominal pain
- Body and muscle aches
Norovirus & Dehydration
Norovirus can lead to dehydration, which can be very dangerous. Signs of
dehydration include infrequent urination, a dry mouth, a dry throat, and
a feeling of dizziness or lightheadedness when you stand up. If you are
concerned that your child may be dehydrated, look for symptoms such as
irritability / fussiness, abnormal levels of exhaustion, difficulty waking,
and crying without tears.
It is very important to prevent dehydration with norovirus by drinking
plenty of water and other beverages. You may need to supplement with oral
rehydration fluids, which can be purchased over the counter. In cases
of severe dehydration, or if you are concerned about symptoms related
to norovirus, call your doctor of internal medicine in Fremont at Washington
Township Medical Foundation. We can help you, answer your questions, and
provide the support and care you need.