Viral gastroenteritis

Viral gastroenteritis is gastro (stomach upset) due to a contagious viral infection. There are many types of contagious gastroenteritis and the cause is usually a virus caught from someone else. The symptoms of viral gastroenteritis are usually the same as the symptoms of gastroenteritis. There is that well-known feeling ...

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Introduction: Viral gastroenteritis

What is viral gastroenteritis? Viral gastroenteritis is inflammation of the lining of the stomach, small intestine, and large intestine. Several different viruses can cause viral gastroenteritis, which is highly contagious and extremely common. Viral gastroenteritis causes millions of cases of ...1

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Symptoms of Viral gastroenteritis

What are the symptoms of viral gastroenteritis? The main symptoms of viral gastroenteritis are

Other symptoms include

Symptoms usually appear within 12 to 48 hours after exposure to a gastroenteritis-causing virus ...2

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Complications of Viral gastroenteritis

What are the complications of viral gastroenteritis? Dehydration is the most common complication of viral gastroenteritis. When someone does not drink enough fluids to replace those that are lost through vomiting and diarrhea, dehydration can result. When dehydrated, the body ...3

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Causes of Viral gastroenteritis

Viruses: Viruses are tiny capsules, much smaller than bacteria, that contain genetic material. Viruses cause infections that can lead to sickness. People can pass viruses to each other. Viruses are present in the stool or vomit of people who are ...4

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Types of Viral gastroenteritis

Viral infections. Many viruses cause diarrhea, including norovirus and rotavirus . Viral gastroenteritis is a common cause of acute diarrhea. ...Source: NIDDK (NIH)5 ...

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Diagnosis of Viral gastroenteritis

How is viral gastroenteritis diagnosed? Viral gastroenteritis is usually diagnosed based on symptoms alone. People who have symptoms that are severe or last for more than a few days may want to see a health care provider for additional tests ...6

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Treatments: Viral gastroenteritis

How is viral gastroenteritis treated? Most cases of viral gastroenteritis resolve over time without specific treatment. Antibiotics are not effective against viral infections. The primary goal of treatment is to reduce symptoms and prevent complications. Over-the-counter medicines such ...7

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Prevention of Viral gastroenteritis

Norovirus can survive for months on surfaces that are not thoroughly disinfected with a bleach solution. Hard surfaces should be cleaned with a mixture of 2 cups of bleach and 1 gallon of water. ...Source: NIDDK (NIH)8 ...

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  1. Source: NIDDK (NIH): health-information/ health-topics/ digestive-diseases/ viral-gastroenteritis/ Pages/ facts.aspx
  2. Source: NIDDK (NIH): health-information/ digestive-diseases/ viral-gastroenteritis
  3. ibid.
  4. Source: NIDDK (NIH): health-information/ digestive-diseases/ foodborne-illnesses
  5. Source: NIDDK (NIH): health-information/ digestive-diseases/ diarrhea/ all-content
  6. Source: NIDDK (NIH): health-information/ digestive-diseases/ viral-gastroenteritis
  7. ibid.
  8. ibid.

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