8 Symptoms And 5 Treatments Of Gastroenteritis

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Gastroenteritis, which is also called stomach flu, is a sickness that occurs when there is an inflammation within a person’s intestines. This ends up causing abdominal cramping, nausea, vomiting, loss of appetite, fever, and many other symptoms. Also referred to as a tummy bug, food poisoning, or even a “traveler’s diarrhea” since people tend to get it while on a trip, the bottom line is that gastroenteritis is an irritating, tiring, and more often than not, painful infection that irritates the stomach lining, intestines and gut.
In many cases, medical attention is not often required when the case is mild. But of course, just like with any other sickness, it is always better to get a proper medical diagnosis. Although both adults and children are susceptible to getting it, it is often more common in children due to a virus known as rotavirus. Adults, on the other hand, usually get it due to norovirus, which is also called “winter vomiting bug.” And depending on what is causing it in the first place, it can either take a few hours to clear up, or up to a week or more if it’s a severe case.
Here are the two causes of gastroenteritis:
1. Viral Gastroenteritis – is caused by a viral infection in the digestive tract. These infections can be caused by noroviruses, rotaviruses, adenoviruses, Norwalk virus, or other viral agents. And because of how contagious they are, they are easily spread from one person to another, by simple close contact, hand shaking, sharing utensils or food, or just by living closely with others.
2. Bacteria – this is when a person get infected by a bacteria that affects the digestive tract like salmonella, Campylobacter Jejuni E. Coli, shigella or other types of bacteria. Just like viral gastroenteritis, it is very contagious, which means that it is quickly spread from person to person, as well as from people eating the same bacteria-infected food. 

Both of these causes of gastroenteritis can cause symptoms to occur within minutes or hours, with some taking a couple of days to appear. Here are the symptoms to watch out for:

1. Feeling Sick

When someone has gastroenteritis, despite it being an illness that affects the digestive tract, one of the first symptoms that people normally feel is an overall feeling of sickness. Many of the accompanying symptoms of nausea, a bit of uneasiness in the stomach or feeling queasy, a slight headache and a general feeling of malaise. This makes it difficult to diagnose though since many of these are signs of a number of other illnesses. When accompanied by other signs of gastroenteritis, it is always best to seek out the proper medical care.