What's Going Around: GI Illness

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LEXINGTON, Ky. - Many of you may already know or have experienced the GI illness that is running rampant right now.

With the combination of nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, abdominal cramping, and the fact it seems to to be incredibly virulent, spreading through schools, workplaces, and homes within days.

The biggest risk is dehydration and electrolyte abnormalities, especially in young children, elderly, and the chronically ill. We tend to see these illnesses throughout the winter and this one has really been hitting for about 2-3 weeks.

The key is medications to help with the nausea and plenty of fluids for hydration. On occasion, people with severe cases will need IV fluids and possibly admission to the hospital for further treatments.

Keeping close tabs with your doctor and early interventions can help prevent the worst of the symptoms and complications.

This one is an easy one to spread, so frequent hand washing, cleaning surfaces, and staying home when ill are quite important.

Talk with your doctor if you have questions and get evaluated if you have concerns.

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