Symptoms of Gastroenteritis

Symptoms of GastroenteritisSymptoms of Gastroenteritis

Have you ever experienced symptoms of gastroenteritis?


Nobody can actually blame you for this because most of the time, the symptoms of the disease are almost the same as those conditions that you can suffer on any ordinary day.


According to CHealth – Canoe, gastroenteritis literally means inflammation of the gastrointestinal tract. Viral gastroenteritis is also called “stomach flu.” It is extremely common, especially in children, and is highly contagious. Bacterial gastroenteritis is also known as “food poisoning” and is caused by food that has been prepared or stored improperly.


Source: CHealth


So what are the different symptoms of gastroenteritis?


According to On Health, the gastroenteritis symptoms are:


  • diarrhea,
  • nausea,
  • abdominal cramps, and
  • vomiting


Not all affected individuals will develop all symptoms. Some people also may develop a mild fever of about 100 F (37.7 C). Most symptoms will resolve in about 2 to 5 days. Gastroenteritis may cause dehydration during this short time period, mainly in children or debilitated adults.


Source: On Health


So what are the different causes of gastroenteritis According to Better Health, there are many things that can cause gastroenteritis, including:


  • Viruses – such as norovirus, calicivirus, rotavirus, astrovirus and adenovirus
  • Bacteria – such as the Campylobacter bacterium
  • Parasites – such as Entamoeba histolytica, Giardia lamblia and Cryptosporidium
  • Bacterial toxins – the bacteria themselves don’t cause illness, but their poisonous by-products can contaminate food. Some strains of staphylococcal bacteria produce toxins that can cause gastroenteritis
  • Chemicals – lead poisoning, for example, can trigger gastroenteritis
  • Medications – certain medications, such as antibiotics, can cause gastroenteritis in susceptible people.


Source: Better Health


If you start feeling any of the symptoms of gastroenteritis, do not delay in visiting your physician. This needs treatment at the soonest possible time to prevent complications.


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