Commonly known as stomach flu, but doctors call it gastroenteritis. It’s usually caused by a virus, but can also be caused by bacteria and parasites.
Common signs of Gastroenteritis are diarrhea, nausea, and possibly vomiting. As well as headache, fever, chills, and abdominal pain. The one caused by a virus will usually last around 12 to 48 hours after you’re exposed to it, and it can last up to 3 days. If it’s caused by bacteria or parasites, it may last longer. It can be dangerous for people with other health conditions, as well as small babies and elderly people.
Viral Gastroenteritis – This is when a virus infects your cells and inflames your stomach lining as well as your intestine (the tube that connects your stomach to your anus). It’s very contagious — you can get it if you touch an infected person or something they’ve touched, or if you eat food they prepared. You also can get it if you eat shellfish from contaminated water or fruits and vegetables washed in it.
*Disclaimer: Information provided here is meant as general knowledge and should not be taken as medical advice. Please consult a physician for an exact diagnosis and treatment.