Gastroenteritis Symptoms

Gastroenteritis Symptoms

Gastroenteritis SymptomsIf you are traveling and you are wondering whether or not you are already suffering from gastroenteritis symptoms because of some pain that you feel in your tummy, then learning more about this disease can truly help you out.


According to eMedicine Health, gastroenteritis is a condition that causes irritation and inflammation of the stomach and intestines (the gastrointestinal tract)


Viral infections are the most common cause of gastroenteritis but bacteria, parasites, and food-borne illnesses (such as shellfish) can also be the offending agents. Many people who experience vomiting and diarrhea that develops from these types of infections or irritations think they have “food poisoning,” when they actually may have a food-borne illness.


Travelers to foreign countries may experience “traveler’s diarrhea” from contaminated food and unclean water.


Source: eMedicine Health


Sometimes, you may not readily supect that it is already a case of gastroenteritis because the symptoms can be thought of as pretty common.


According to NHS, in cases of viral gastroenteritis, symptoms usually begin within 24-48 hours after becoming infected (this time period is known as the incubation period).


The incubation period for bacterial gastroenteritis can range from 12 hours to five days, depending on the bacterium responsible.


The most common symptom of gastroenteritis is repeated episodes of diarrhoea. Usually, loose and watery stools are passed three or more times within 24 hours. The stools may contain traces of blood and mucus.


Other symptoms of gastroenteritis include:


  • vomiting
  • nausea
  • stomach cramps
  • headaches
  • moderately high temperature (fever) of 38-39ºC (100.4-102.2ºF)




Be alert for symptoms suggesting that you or someone in your care are becoming dehydrated (where the water content of the body is particularly low).


Dehydration can cause serious and potentially fatal complications. Elderly people are particularly vulnerable to the effects of dehydration.


Symptoms of dehydration include:


  • tiredness
  • apathy (a lack of emotion or enthusiasm)
  • dizziness
  • nausea
  • headaches
  • muscle cramps
  • dry mouth
  • pinched face
  • sunken eyes
  • passing little or no urine
  • rapid heartbeat


Source: NHS


So if you are suffering from any of the mentioned symptoms and you have recently traveled to another place or that you have eaten something which you don’t usually eat, you can always check with your doctor to see whether you are already suffering from gastroenteritis symptoms.




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