Inflammation of the stomach and intestines, typically resulting from bacterial toxins or viral infection.
The most common way to develop viral gastroenteritis — often called stomach flu — is through contact with an infected person or by ingesting contaminated food or water.
Although it's commonly called stomach flu, gastroenteritis isn't the same as influenza. Real flu (influenza) affects only your respiratory system — your nose, throat and lungs.
Gastroenteritis, on the other hand, attacks your intestines, causing signs and symptoms, such as:
• Watery, usually non bloody diarrhea — bloody diarrhea usually means you have a different, more severe infection
• Abdominal cramps and pain
• Nausea, vomiting or both
• Occasional muscle aches or headache
• Low-grade fever
Diagnosis of gastroenteritis usually based on:
- Review of signs Symptoms
- Physical exam
- Presence of similar cases in your community.
- Stool test: A rapid stool test can detect rotavirus or norovirus, but there are no quick tests for other viruses that cause gastroenteritis
There's often no specific medical treatment for viral gastroenteritis. Antibiotics aren't effective against viruses, and overusing them can contribute to the development of antibiotic-resistant strains of bacteria. Treatment initially consists of self-care measures
Consult at Aadil hospital for an appropriate treatment.