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My husband has the norovirus and has been sick forty times

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Hi my husband has the norovirus and has been sick forty times since 11pm. Is there anything I can do to stop it?
Assistant: Have you seen a doctor about this yet? What medications are you taking?
Customer: I’ve called 111 they will call back in two hours. He hasn’t taken anything. He tried rehydration drinks but can’t swallow them
Assistant: Anything else in your medical history you think the Doctor should know?
Customer: No - he gets the norovirus every few years to this level
Submitted: 6 months ago.
Category: Medical
Expert:  Dr. Arun Phophalia replied 6 months ago.

If he is unable to drink rehydration fluids, he should be taken to accident and emergency. There is a risk of dehydration and electrolyte imbalance.

The primary aim is the prevention of dehydration and electrolyte imbalance. If the diarrhea loss of fluids is too much or he is unable to drink enough liquids; he may need antibiotics and/or intravenous fluids. In that case, you may need to go to Emergency.

The initial management is as following;

1) Pepto Bismol

2) Lomotil; may only be given if the diarrhea is vigorous.

3) Gatorade / Pedialyte

4) Plenty of fluids

5) BRAT diet; banana, rice, applesauce, toast. Vegetable broths/vegetable soups, coconut water also can help.

6) Probiotics

7) A tablespoon of apple cider vinegar in a glass of water twice a day.

Dietary measures would help you in regulating the bowels. Vegetables and fruits will help. Probiotics and probiotic yogurt are recommended. You may drink diluted fruit juice, Pedialyte or Gatorade.

Eating foods that are higher in soluble fiber (introducing slowly dried beans, oats, oat bran, rice bran, barley, citrus fruits, apples, strawberries, peas, and potatoes).may aid in making stool firmer. A bland 'BRAT' diet including bananas, toast, oatmeal, white rice, applesauce, and soup/broth may improve symptoms.

Probiotic supplementation has been shown to reduce the severity and duration of bowel issues.

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Customer: replied 6 months ago.
Is there anything we can do to stop the vomiting? It is very difficult for him to keep being sick and it’s just bile coming up. He has no more food in him. Would take an anti nausea pill help?
Expert:  Dr. Arun Phophalia replied 6 months ago.

Yes, anti-nausea, pill may help if he is able to retain it for 15 minutes or more. You may give it to him with a tiny sip of water.

Expert:  Dr. Arun Phophalia replied 6 months ago.

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