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Diarrhoea and vomiting


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Diarrhoea and vomiting can usually be treated at home by drinking lots of fluids and getting plenty of rest until you feel better.

To avoid spreading an infection, stay off work or school until you’ve not had diarrhoea or vomiting for 2 days, and wash your hands regularly.

You can get medicines from a pharmacy to help with diarrhoea and vomiting, such as rehydration powder, that stop you becoming dehydrated.

Diarrhoea and vomiting are most commonly caused by a stomach bug or food poisoning, but there are many other possible causes.

Diarrhoea and vomiting are common in adults, children and babies. They're often caused by a stomach bug and should stop in a few days.

Page last reviewed: 21/12/2023
Next review due: 21/12/2026