You know the feeling when you cannot keep food down, and those frequent visits to the bathroom right after you eat something. OR, sometimes you have no clue, why your stomach is continuously doing cartwheels.
How to know that was a terrible bug or you have eaten something spoiled –– but which one it is to feel better fast?
According to Dr. Michael Rice, director of inpatient medicine gastroenterology at the University of Michigan.
Stomach flu and food poisoning usually have similar symptoms; you can have vomiting, diarrhea, abdominal discomfort leading to fever.
The best way to find the illness is to look into patient’s recent history.
How To Decide Whether It Is Food Poisoning Or Stomach Flu?
The symptoms of food poisoning tend to appear within few hours of eating something, on the other way if you are someone who only falls sick after eating a specific dish, you are more likely to suffer from stomach flu.
In the case of food poisoning: you need to recall what you have eaten something questionable and can found the culprit.
In the case of stomach flu: you may have picked up a viral illness in another way, such as, from a handshake, sneeze or even contaminated doorknob.
Like the name says, there is no connection between stomach virus and real flu, they have no connection with each other. Stomach flu attacks the digestive system while real flu attacks the respiratory system.The most common cause of stomach flu is norovirus (composed of a group of viruses).