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What are the signs and symptoms of gastroenteritis?

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Posted on Sat, 29 Apr 2017
Question: I think I have a stomach virus I woke up wed. And went to work pains started in my stomach by nite time I started throwing up I can't eat now I have the runs it just pours out of me and my lower stomach is still hurting
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Answered by Dr. Shinas Hussain (59 minutes later)
Brief Answer:
It could be a gastroenteritis.

Detailed Answer:
Hello,
Thanks for trusting Healthcaremagic!
I have gone through your query and I can understand your concerns.

As per your description it seems that you are having a condition called "gastroenterits" commonly called as food poisoning. It could be viral or bacterial in origin. We can not say whether it is viral or bacterial depending on symptoms even though viral etiology out umber bacterial one.
You have got the infection through contaminated food or water.
Abdominal colic is the other possible differential diagnosis.

You can try the following as a first line management:-
(1)- Drink plenty of water to keep your self rehydrated. Fruit juice and coconut water can help to maintain electrolyte imbalance and dehydration.
(2)- Antispasmodics like dicyclomine can be tried for pain.
(3)- Antiemetics like domeperidone or ondensetron for vominting.
(4)- You can also use over the counter medicines like carminative mixtures to sooth your stomach.

If the symptoms persist despite all these, please consult a physician and detailed evaluation may be needed. You might require an ultrasound scan to rule out conditions like colic and renal stones.
You might require a short course of antibiotics like ciplox may be needed for five to seven days,

Have a healthy diet and keep good personal hygiene.

Hope I have answered your query.
Please feel free to contact in case of further doubts.
Wishing you good health.

Regards
Dr Shinas


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What are the signs and symptoms of gastroenteritis?

Brief Answer: It could be a gastroenteritis. Detailed Answer: Hello, Thanks for trusting Healthcaremagic! I have gone through your query and I can understand your concerns. As per your description it seems that you are having a condition called "gastroenterits" commonly called as food poisoning. It could be viral or bacterial in origin. We can not say whether it is viral or bacterial depending on symptoms even though viral etiology out umber bacterial one. You have got the infection through contaminated food or water. Abdominal colic is the other possible differential diagnosis. You can try the following as a first line management:- (1)- Drink plenty of water to keep your self rehydrated. Fruit juice and coconut water can help to maintain electrolyte imbalance and dehydration. (2)- Antispasmodics like dicyclomine can be tried for pain. (3)- Antiemetics like domeperidone or ondensetron for vominting. (4)- You can also use over the counter medicines like carminative mixtures to sooth your stomach. If the symptoms persist despite all these, please consult a physician and detailed evaluation may be needed. You might require an ultrasound scan to rule out conditions like colic and renal stones. You might require a short course of antibiotics like ciplox may be needed for five to seven days, Have a healthy diet and keep good personal hygiene. Hope I have answered your query. Please feel free to contact in case of further doubts. Wishing you good health. Regards Dr Shinas