Does COVID-19 Upset Your Stomach?

March 21, 2022
A young woman clutching her stomach, wincing in pain

Since COVID-19 came on the scene in early 2020, we’ve learned a lot about what symptoms it can cause—from fever and body aches to coughing and fatigue. But can it upset your stomach as well? Gastrointestinal issues aren’t exactly uncommon, so experiencing an upset stomach doesn’t automatically mean you have COVID-19. However, an upset stomach can be a hallmark sign of the virus. Let’s break it down:

Gastrointestinal Link

COVID-19 is well known for causing respiratory issues, but researchers think the virus may also harm the digestive tract and liver tissue. In fact, up to 34% of those who get COVID-19 experience diarrhea, lasting an average of five days. Those with digestive symptoms were more likely to have a positive stool test for COVID-19, and it also took them longer to clear the virus from their bodies, compared to those without gastrointestinal symptoms.

If you’re experiencing gastrointestinal issues and are concerned you could have COVID-19, here are some things you can do:

  • Stay home if you can
  • Wash your hands often
  • Try to use a separate bathroom if you live with others
  • Disinfect surfaces regularly
  • Stay hydrated
  • Eat bland foods

Seeking Medical Treatment

If your stomach is upset for only a day or two, you may have just experienced a bug or food poisoning. But, if your symptoms aren’t going away, you should seek medical treatment as soon as possible. Here are some symptoms to keep an eye out for:

  • Dark urine, extreme weakness, dizziness, or other signs of dehydration
  • Bloody or black diarrhea
  • Severe stomach pain
  • Fever, cough, or shortness of breath

PhysicianOne Urgent Care Is Here to Help

If you’re experiencing an upset stomach and want to speak with a medical professional about your symptoms, you can always reach out to PhysicianOne Urgent Care. All of our centers are open 365 days per year at flexible hours that will work for your schedule. Additionally, no appointments are necessary. All you have to do is walk in and we’ll make sure you get treated promptly.

We also offer virtual visits, so you can speak to one of our clinicians via your smartphone, tablet, or internet-enabled computer. This is a great option if you’re experiencing an upset stomach, as you don’t have to leave the comfort of your home. And, if they recommend you get tested for COVID-19, your test will be prioritized at our center and will be billed under one visit. Book your telemedicine appointment today by clicking the “Book a Virtual Visit” button at the top of this page.

Contact Us Today

An upset stomach can be a result of a variety of illnesses, including COVID-19. For more information on PhysicianOne Urgent Care and how we can address your questions, concerns, and symptoms, contact us today at 860-650-3848. We look forward to taking care of you.

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