Home » Your Health » Try to Stomach These 12 Facts About Gastroenteritis

Try to Stomach These 12 Facts About Gastroenteritis


This illness has the word “flu” in it, but let’s be clear – it’s not the same thing as influenza, and is not caused by the same virus as flu. In fact, in many cases, there’s no virus at all.

The confusion is that stomach flu can mimic symptoms of influenza, and in some cases, make people even sicker to their stomach – which is why some people dread stomach flu even more. Let’s take a look at 12 facts about gastroenteritis…

1. Defining Stomach Flu

WebMD explains that stomach flu is when your stomach and intestines, also known as your gastrointestinal tract, become inflamed or irritated. This in turn affects your body’s ability to absorb water.

The cause is often viral, but it’s a completely different virus from influenza (so the flu shot won’t likely help you at all in this case). However, there is a vaccine that may stave off some cases of stomach flu, which we’ll get to…

Next »
ADVERTISEMENT

We Recommend

More on ActiveBeat
  • 10 Holiday Flu-Fighting Heroes
    'Tis the Season for last minute trips to the mall, late night wrapping sessions, fatty holiday meals, and don’t forget all of the family and financial stress that lead to lost...
    Your Health
  • 10 Convincing Reasons to Get Your Flu Shot
    Influenza might be just a minor 2-week annoyance for you. However, the flu causes more hospitalizations and deaths in children, seniors, and those with compromised immune systems...
    Your Health
  • Recognizing the Symptoms of Swine Flu
    Flu season is upon us, and folks are doing everything they can to avoid catching a nasty flu bug, like swine flu, or H1N1.
    Your Health
  • New Coronavirus Compared to SARS
    According to the World Health Organization, a new coronavirus (the hCoV-EMC) with origins in the Middle East is being blamed for nine infections and five deaths.
    Your Health
  • The Biggest, Baddest Superbug Threats to Your Health
    Over the past decade, there has been a lot of news coverage on superbugs that have made their way to North America and pose threats to the health of the general public.
    Your Health
  • When the Flu Requires Medical Attention...
    Each and every one of us has had the flu at some point in our lives. The sniffles, a nagging cough, sore throat, and fever may send you to bed for a few days, but have you ever...
    Your Health
  • 7 Surprising Ways to Ward Off a Winter Cold
    It's the colder season, so you probably just assume you're going to end up with a cold at some point in the next few months.
    Your Health
  • 12 Natural Cough Remedies
    With winter in full force and people spending most of their time within the warmer confines of homes and offices, the common cold is highly visible.
    Your Health
  • Proper Etiquette For the Contagious Cold
    You have a nasty, snotty, energy-sucking cold. However, you had a meeting you just couldn’t miss so you’ve dragged your sorry butt into work—with cough drops and two boxes of...
    Your Health
  • 10 Natural Ways to Boost Your Immune System
    With the snowy winter weather comes the dreaded cold and flu season. Many of us will hope and pray that we don’t succumb to the viruses spreading around us, because once that...
    Your Health
  • The Research on the Flu Vaccine
    Every fall, advertisements appear reminding you to get your yearly flu shot. The Centre for Chronic Disease (CDC) recommends that everyone above the age of 6-months should get...
    Your Health
  • 10 Ways You Could Be Prolonging Your Cold
    Regardless of if you’re sniffling from a common cold or battling full blown fever and sore throated-influenza, you should be making time for rest and relaxation.
    Your Health
  • 7 Notoriously Nasty Flu Types Circulating this Season
    Winter—along with the treacherous road conditions, icy sidewalks, and killer icicles from above, there are some seriously nasty and notorious flu strains running...
    Your Health
  • 9 Ways to Prevent an Early Spring Cold or Flu
    It sure was nice outside yesterday—speaking as a resident of the Southwestern part of Canada that is known for being buried in a deep freeze until the middle of May.
    Your Health
  • Busting Myths about Norovirus
    September is National Food Safety Month (NFSM). Introduced back in 1994, the focus for 2016 NFSM is (gross) “Notorious Virus”. Visit foodsafetymonth.
    Your Health