Diarrhoea and Vomiting

Most people can occasionally be affected by diarrhoea and vomiting, so don’t worry! It may be unpleasant but normally only takes a few days or more to pass.

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Diarrhoea and vomiting can sometimes happen together, but sometimes it can be at completely un-associated. It is something, which your GP can often do little for unfortunately.

What causes diarrhoea?

There are many common and everyday causes for diarrhoea, but many people get it as a result of a bacterial infection called Gastroenteritis. Read more here about what can cause this.

Simple steps can be taken to try and prevent the occurrence such as washing your hands at reasonable intervals throughout the day, dependant on the type of activity you are undertaking.

What causes vomiting?

Vomiting can be caused by illnesses such as colds and flu. It can also be caused by other things such as bacteria found in food, or excessive alcohol consumption, for example.

How to stop the spread of infection

It is very easy to pass diarrhoea and vomiting onto others. Simple steps can be taken to stop the spread of infection, such as not sharing towels. Click here for some top tips.

Can there be any complications?

There are certain things that you need to be aware of when you have diarrhoea and vomiting, in particular becoming dehydrated. You must try and stay as hydrated where possible. Read more here.

How to treat yourself

Drinking water and other fluids, which provide a source of energy (glucose) such as lemonade, will really make you feel better. To begin with this should be taken as the occasional sip, and slowly built up.

When should you see your GP?

Remember, if symptoms persist and you have more concerning accompanying symptoms such as a loss of blood, persistent high temperature or sever abdominal pain you should contact your GP. Also be aware that if you are pregnant and experience D&V you may need to see your GP. Click here to learn more.

Word from our GP

  Cleanliness is key to reducing D&V. Wash your hands if you think you may have come into contact with harmful bugs!

Dr Judith Davies, Oak Tree Surgery

Things to remember

  • Diarrhoea and vomiting usually passes within a few days so don’t be alarmed
  • There are simple steps you can take to prevent the spread of diarrhoea and vomiting

 Remember to stay hydrated