Gastroenteritis also is known as stomach flu is a viral intestinal infection caused majorly by ingesting contaminated food or water. Symptoms include vomiting/nausea, stomach upset, watery stool amongst all others.
Here are five things you should know about gastroenteritis:
– It can be foodborne, waterborne or contracted from an infected person.
– It is hardly deadly except in infants and adults with a compromised immune system.
– It cannot be treated with antibiotics as the use of such medication can prolong the infection.
– Symptoms include diarrhea and vomiting caused by a bacterial or viral tummy bug.
– There’s no effective treatment for viral gastroenteritis, so prevention is key.
Additional symptoms and signs of gastroenteritis may include:
- Nausea and vomiting.
- Abdominal pain and cramping.
- Mild fever and chills.
- Loss of appetite.
- Headache and muscle aches.
- Tiredness and general body weakness.
- Incontinence (loss of control over bowel motions)
- Poor feeding in infants.