What is the treatment for norovirus infection?

Hydration. Norovirus is a virus that commonly causes vomiting and diarrhea. It is extremely contagious by contact with microscopic amounts of vomitus or stool. The treatment is aimed at the symptoms. Anti-vomiting and anti-diarrhea medications can be used if needed. The most important treatment is to keep well hydrated and the body will clear the virus on its own.

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What are the tests for norovirus infection?

PCR if needed. Specific testing is usually not needed for individuals with symptoms of norovirus infection. That's because, whether the symptoms are caused by norovirus or a different virus, the treatment is the same: hydration (and maybe vomiting or diarrhea medications) while the body clears the virus on its own. For special cases or public health purposes, stool or vomit can be tested by pcr.

What are the symptoms of norovirus infection?

Diarrhea. Diarrhea is the most prominent symptom but patients often also have vomiting, malaise, muslce aches and fevers.

Norovirus infection - what is it?

'Stomach flu' It's one of the viruses that can cause gastroenteritis ('stomach flu'). It's now the most common cause of epidemic nonbacterial gastroenteritis in the world. It's highly contagious -- it sometimes takes only 10 virus particles to infect someone!

Do symptoms like norovirus infection go away quickly?

Viral Diarrheas. The major causes of gastroenteritis are viruses, accounting for 1/3 of acute diarrheal illnesses. These fall into 5 categories: rotaviruses (lasts 3-7 days); enteric adenovirus (last 5-12 days with vomiting and fever); norwalk virus (lasts 1-2 days with flu-like symptoms); calicivirus (with shellfish, lasts 1-2 days in adults; longer in kids); astrovirus (kids & in nursing homes, lasts 2-3 days).

Do lots of people get norovirus infection, or is it unusual?

Yes. Not uncommon, but usually with people in close proximity to each other, like at schools or on cruise ships.

If you contract a bad case of norovirus infection, would you die?

It's possible. It's possible to get so dehydrated that you could be seriously ill and die without medical care. If you think you have gastroenteritis and can't keep anything down, or if you stop producing urine, please see a doctor right away!

What are the tests for norovirus infections?

PCR if needed. Specific testing is usually not needed for individuals with symptoms of norovirus infection. That's because, whether the symptoms are caused by norovirus or a different virus, the treatment is the same: hydration (and maybe vomiting or diarrhea medications) while the body clears the virus on its own. For special cases or public health purposes, stool or vomit can be tested by pcr.

Will norovirus infections kill me?

Usually not. Norovirus infections are a common cause of gastroenteritis (diarrhea with nausea and vomiting). The infection is usually self limited.
Not likely. Norovirus infections usually effect the GI tract with nausea, vomiting and diarrhea the major manifestations. Occasionally there is a low grade fever, but recovery within 1 to 3 days is generally complete. You must however stay well hydrated.