If you’ve got diarrhoea and vomiting, you may have caught a tummy bug called norovirus, otherwise known as the ‘winter vomiting bug’.
Most people recover from norovirus within a few days and without treatment. However, symptoms like diarrhoea and vomiting can make it seem like your condition is more serious than it is. This can make it hard to tell if you need to see a doctor, but it’s generally recommended that you stay at home, as norovirus can spread to others easily. If you’re worried, you can phone a doctor for advice.
Are you worried that you may have norovirus? This article will help you learn about when to see a doctor about diarrhoea and vomiting, and where you can get help if you need it.
Most people with norovirus don’t need to see a doctor in person. It’s best to stay at home if you have symptoms. However, some symptoms should be brought to a doctor’s attention. Such symptoms include if you:
Call a doctor if you’re worried or need advice.
Take extra care to avoid those who have a higher risk of developing dangerous complications from norovirus, like older people, pregnant women, babies and young children.
If you call a doctor for advice they may ask you to send a sample of your poo to a laboratory so they can find out if something else is causing your symptoms. They may also give you antibiotics if they find you have a bacterial infection.
Going to public places can put others at risk, but you should seek emergency medical attention, such as going to an emergency department if you:
If you don’t have any worrying symptoms and are generally in good health, stay at home until you get better. If you need more help with managing symptoms of norovirus, here’s how to treat norovirus at home.
Important: Our website provides useful information but is not a substitute for medical advice. You should always seek the advice of your doctor when making decisions about your health.