We’ve all been there before. Your stomach starts gurgling and gargling which is never a good sign! First come the cramps, then the diarrhea, and finally a wave of nausea. What is the source of this upset stomach? It could be a virus, but it could also be bacteria or parasites from ill-prepared or rotten food.
Both can cause similar symptoms, but there are some key differences how your body responds to the stomach flu (which is actually inflammation called gastroenteritis) versus food poisoning. Knowing which one is causing your tummy woes can also help you get the right treatment, so let’s take a look at 12 things to know about both…
1. Signs of Stomach Flu
Generally, stomach flu comes on rather slowly compared to food poisoning symptoms, and it reaches less high peaks as far as illness is concerned. However, that doesn’t mean gastroenteritis, described by Healthline as inflammation of the stomach and intestines, isn’t unpleasant.
The source notes symptoms of a stomach bug include diarrhea, fever, vomiting, abdominal cramps, joint stiffness, and even weight loss.