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Facts on Treating An Upset Stomach

By Contributor ; Updated August 14, 2017

Eat and Drink When you Have an Upset Stomach

Eating and drinking when your stomach is upset is not usually the first thing that comes to mind. It is very important to continue to eat and drink to stay hydrated and to continue giving your body nutrients to fight the cause of your upset stomach. Drink clear fluids that are caffeine free such as water or broth. Try to stay away from sweet fluids. An electrolyte solution will help sometimes. You should also eat easy to digest foods such as crackers or applesauce. Make sure that you eat and drink slowly throughout the day. Eating or drinking too fast will make your upset stomach worse.

What is That Smell?

Sometimes, a smell indoors will make your upset stomach feel worse. You may not notice this smell because it doesn't have to be a bad smell. Smells from food, such as chocolate cake or fried foods, often make you feel worse when your stomach is upset. Going outside to get some fresh air will sometimes make you feel better.

My Stomach is Stressed

Stress is a common cause of an upset stomach. That said, finding and eliminating or reducing the stress in your life will probably help your upset stomach. Even if you have a stomach bug that is causing your upset stomach, reducing stress will give your body extra energy to fight the bug that is causing you to have an upset stomach. You can reduce stress by resting, writing out the things that are bothering you, meditating or talking to a trusted friend.

Coating Your Stomach

Over-the-counter medicines for upset stomach, such as an antacid, help you treat your symptoms. These medicines coat your stomach. Although these medicines will help to treat the symptoms, they will not cure the cause of your upset stomach if a stomach bug, stomach virus, food poisoning or an ulcer causes it. If you find that the over-the-counter medicines aren't helping your upset stomach, call your healthcare professional for advice and a possible treatment plan.

An Extreme Upset

When treating an upset stomach, it is usually possible to treat it at home without having to go to the doctor. However, there are some times when medical attention is necessary. If you experience vomiting that lasts more than a day or diarrhea that lasts more than two days, call your doctor. If you have an upset stomach with no other symptoms that lasts more than a week, make an appointment to see your doctor. An upset stomach coupled with severe or sharp abdominal pain and a fever is an emergency. This could be the sign of appendicitis or a severe ulcer.

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