This inflammation of the digestive tract is usually caused by a virus transmitted directly from person to person or via contaminated food and water. Symptoms of gastroenteritis vary in severity but usually pass within 48 hours. At worst, there is nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, abdominal pain, fever, and exhaustion. Infants and the elderly are most at risk because of the danger of dehydration. SELF-HELP Rest and drink plenty of fluids, preferably salted, cooled, boiled water (1 tsp salt and 8 tsp sugar to approximately 1 quart/ liter of water), to prevent dehydration. Avoid drinking milk and eating any solid food until the stomach settles. Be meticulous about personal hygiene.
CAUTION If symptoms persist for more than 48 hours, or if there is blood in the feces or a fever, see a doctor within two hours. If symptoms are accompanied by severe abdominal pain that lasts for more than an hour, consult a doctor immediately.
Vomiting and diarrhea at the same time
Gastroenteritis with severe abdominal cramp
Gastroenteritis with different types of stool
Vomiting with burning pain in the abdomen
Diarrhea that causes soreness of the anus and stinging in the rectum
Craving for cold drinks that may be vomited as soon as they are warmed in the stomach
Colicky pains that are better when the body is bent double
Pain relieved by passing gas
Rumbling, gurgling stomach Pressure under the breastbone after meals No two stools are alike in texture or color Possible vomiting
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