Viral Gastroenteritis

Below you will find more information about Viral Gastroenteritis from Medigest. If you believe that you are suffering from any of the symptoms of Viral Gastroenteritis it is important that you obtain an accurate diagnosis from a medical professional to ensure that you obtain the correct medication or treatment for your condition. There are medical conditions that carry similar symptoms associated with Viral Gastroenteritis and therefore the information provided by Medigest is offered as a guideline only and should never be used in preference to seeking professional medical advice. The information relating to Viral Gastroenteritis comes from a third party source and Medigest will not be held liable for any inaccuracies relating to the information shown.

Definition

Viral gastroenteritis is an infection of the intestine characterize by watery diarrhea, cramps in the abdomen, vomiting or nausea, and sometimes fever. It is also often referred to as stomach flu. It usually happens if an individual have ingested a contaminated water or food.

Diagnosis

The usual way to diagnose it is by relying on the symptoms, doctor performing physical exam and in some cases basing it on similar cases in the community. A rapid stool test is done to check for rotavirus. A stool sample may be asked to exclude probable bacterial or parasitic infection.

Treatment

There is no particular cure for viral gastroenteritis. Antibiotics are not of help because overusing it can cause viruses to be resistant to it. Self-care tips are the best way to prevent viral gastroenteritis.

Symptoms and Signs

Symptoms may appear after one to three days of being infected and infection can be mild or severe. Diarrhea (watery and non-bloody) Cramps and pain in the abdomen Vomiting, nausea or both Headaches or muscle aches (occasional) Low-grade fever

Causes

Drinking contaminated water, eating contaminated food, sharing utensils or other personal belongings that are contaminated are the usual cause of viral gastroenteritis. Viruses that cause viral gastroenteritis are rotavirus and noroviruses.

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