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Content updated on Sep 20, 2022

What is viral gastroenteritis?

Viral infection of the stomach and intestines ("stomach flu"). It is transmitted from other patients who have the same illness. Washing of hands and not sharing food/drinks is important in breaking the transmission of this disease.

Symptoms of viral gastroenteritis

  • Diarrhea

  • Nausea or vomiting

  • Upper central abdominal pain

  • Fever

  • Loss of appetite

  • White or pale stools

  • Abdominal pain

  • Abdominal pain that occurs in regular intervals

Questions your doctor may ask to check for viral gastroenteritis

Your doctor may ask these questions to diagnose viral gastroenteritis

  • Do you have loose stools or diarrhea?

  • Do you have nausea or vomiting?

  • Do you have pain in the pit of the stomach (top middle of the abdomen)?

  • Do you have a fever?

  • Do you have less or no appetite, therefore eat less food?

Treatment for viral gastroenteritis

This condition usually gets better without treatment. Simple steps include maintaining good hydration, and avoiding dairy products or spicy food. Medicines may be taken to help with vomiting or diarrhea. In severe cases, fluids can be given through the veins for dehydration.

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