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Winter Vomiting Bug PDF Print E-mail
If you are caring for some one with winter vomiting bug always wash your hands and keep clean any surface that they may have touched, especially in the bathroom. If you do catch it yourself stay away from other people, drink plenty of water to replenish fluids you are losing through vomit and diarrhoea, rest and wait for it to pass. Do not prepare food for anyone else for a few days after you recover because you are still infectious.

Because homeopathy works by enhancing the body’s ability to deal with dangerous intruding germs and not by actually killing the germs there are remedies that can help the body to deal with even a viral infection.

Start with the homeopathic remedy Nux Vomica just because you may have it in the house as a hangover cure.


For the person who needs Nux Vomica vomiting is very difficult and distressing with violent retching. The Nux Vomica person can have horrible nausea which he feels would ease if only he could vomit, but he can only retch. When the vomiting does come it is really violent. The Nux Vomica person, not surprisingly, tends to be pretty cranky.

The person who needs Veratrum Album is in an even sorrier state than the Nux Vomica person. The Veratrum vomiting comes on violently and suddenly accompanied by profound weakness and coldness and even collapse. The Veratrum person may be deathly pale or even blue looking and feels as cold as ice with cold perspiration on the forehead. Funnily enough they crave ice cold drinks even though they feel so cold, but vomit as soon as they swallow a sup. The Veratrum person can be starving even while he is feeling so very sick but if you have the winter vomiting bug and you need the remedy Arsenicum you are more likely to be unable to bear even the thought of food. The Arsenicum person is very miserable when he is sick, very restless and anxious and very, very weak. Though his vomiting can be forcible it is more likely to be in small quantities and though he is thirsty he drinks only in sips.

All these remedies also match the stomach cramps and watery diarrhoea and achy fluey symptoms that go with the winter vomiting bug picture.

The winter vomiting bug is a virus and will not respond to antibiotics. If you do get the bug phone your Homeopath who will get a detailed account of your symptoms over the phone and send you a remedy. Find your nearest Homeopath on the Irish Society of Homeopaths’ website www.irishhomeopathy.ie.

By SANDY HUDSON IS Hom., Registered HomeopathSandy Hudson is a homeopath with a practice at 8 Lower George’s Street, Dun Laoghaire. Phone 01 2841048 / 086 8344520