Winter vomiting disease
Norovirus, which causes diarrhoea and vomiting, is one of the most common stomach bugs in the UK. It's also called the "winter vomiting bug" because it's more common in winter, although you can catch it at any time of the year.
Norovirus can be very unpleasant but it usually clears up by itself in a few days.
You can normally look after yourself or your child at home.
Try to avoid going to your GP, as norovirus can spread to others very easily. Call your GP or NHS 111 if you're concerned or need any advice.
This page covers:
What to do if you have it
When to get medical advice
How it's spread
Read all about norovirus, including how it's spread, what the symptoms are, when to get medical advice and how to stop it spreading.
You'relikely to have norovirus if youexperience: suddenly feeling sick projectilevomiting watery diarrhoea Some people also have a slight fever, headaches , painful stomach cramps and aching li
If you experience sudden diarrhoea and vomiting, the best thing to do is to stay at home until you're feeling better. There's no cure for norovirus, so you have to let it run its course. You don't us
You don't normally need to see your GP if you think you or your child has norovirus, as there's no specific treatment for it. Antibiotics won't help because it's caused by a virus. Visiting your G
Norovirus spreads very easily in public places such as hospitals, nursing homes and schools. You can catch it if small particles of vomit or poo from an infected person get into your mouth, such as t
It's not always possible to avoid getting norovirus, but following the advice below can help stop the virus spreading. Stay off work or schooluntil at least 48 hours after the symptoms havepassed.