If you have been sick with a stomach flu, then you’ve experienced the most common symptom of this illness. This is because the stomach flu causes a virus to attack your digestive tract and cause nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, or some combination.
The symptoms of a stomach flu are usually pretty straightforward. They include feeling nauseous, having an upset stomach, vomiting, or experiencing diarrhea. However, there can be many different reasons that lead to these symptoms. Some people experience all three symptoms at once while others have only one or two.
Some people get a stomach flu after eating food contaminated by bacteria, viruses, or parasites. You may also get a stomach flu from drinking water that has been contaminated. And it can happen that a person gets a stomach flu from a bite from a tick or mosquito. In order to understand how a stomach flu happens, we need to explain what causes a stomach flu.
It’s important to know that not everyone who has a stomach flu will experience every single symptom that is associated with them. It all depends on which strain of stomach flu was contracted and whether or not you were exposed to other factors such as being bitten by a tick or mosquito. In general, however, if you contract any one of these strains of viruses, you will likely experience a few symptoms in addition to vomiting and diarrhea.
Symptoms caused by food
Food poisoning occurs when you ingest something that contains pathogenic bacteria or viruses. Food poisoning is often caused by consuming undercooked meats, unpasteurized milk, ice cream, raw salad vegetables, and fresh fruits and vegetables.
When you eat foods that contain pathogenic bacteria or viruses, they make their way into your system where they cause inflammation and damage to the lining of your stomach. The damage to your stomach lining allows bacteria and viruses to enter your bloodstream. Once they reach the blood, they spread to other parts of your body and cause more severe symptoms. These symptoms include a headache, sore throat, muscle pain, and fever.
One common type of food poisoning is called Shigellosis. It is caused by a bacterium called Shigella. People can become infected with shigella by eating food that is contaminated with feces or sewage water. Other types of food poisoning include Salmonella and Campylobacter.
You may also see stomach bug which means that your intestine may get affected by any severe infection and that will cause stomach bug inside your stomach. Some common symptoms of this infection are cramps in stomach, vomiting, mild fever and diarrhea. If you see any of these symptoms with you or your family members then it is advisable that they have to get into proper medication.
Symptoms caused by water
Contaminated water is another reason that people get a stomach flu. If you drink water that has been contaminated with bacteria, viruses, or parasites, you can develop a stomach flu. Waterborne illnesses are very common and occur whenever tap water is used for drinking, cooking, bathing, or cleaning. Most of the time, though, the source of contamination isn’t always obvious. One way to know for sure is to ask yourself where the water went before it got to you. Was it filtered through a water filter? Did you boil it first?
If you think you caught a stomach flu from contaminated water, you should go to see your doctor immediately. Your doctor will check your abdomen to look for signs of bleeding or swelling, and he will examine your vomit and stool to determine whether or not you have a bacterial infection.
Symptoms caused by a bite from a tick or mosquito
A stomach flu can also arise from a bite from a tick or mosquito. When you get bit by a tick or mosquito, it transfers a parasite called Borrelia burgdorferi (also known as Lyme disease) into your bloodstream. The parasite travels to your brain and causes inflammation in your central nervous system. Symptoms of Lyme disease include fatigue, joint pains, and memory loss.
In rare cases, Lyme disease can also affect your heart. There are several different strains of Borrelia burgdorferi, so the symptoms of Lyme disease vary from case to case. Symptoms of Lyme disease can be mild to severe depending on which strain of the parasite is causing the infection.
Tick bites are relatively simple to treat. All you need to do is remove the tick using tweezers or pliers. If the tick is attached to your skin and cannot easily be removed, you can use an anti-tick medication like Ivermectin. Make sure to follow all instructions carefully.
Mosquito bites are harder to remedy because they don’t leave any visible marks. You can try to remove the insect yourself using a pair of tweezers. Or, you can apply a topical anti-mosquito product to the area where the insect bit you. If the bite site is small enough, you can cover it with a bandage or tape until the insect falls off on its own.