Gastroenteritis is commonly referred to as a “stomach flu.” It can cause irritation and inflammation of the stomach lining and intestinal tract, leading to diarrhea, nausea, vomiting, and crampy abdominal pain. While calling it the stomach flu presumes a viral infection, gastroenteritis can be the result of a number of different causes.
To give our readers all the information they need on the condition, we have compiled a list of our most informative articles.
Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) flares and gastroenteritis incidences increase with heat wave: Study
Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) flares and gastroenteritis incidences increase with heat waves, according to research. The findings come from Swiss researchers explaining, “There is evidence for an increase of IBD hospital admissions by four to six percent for each additional day within a heat wave period. Presence of a heat wave was estimated to increase the risk of infectious gastroenteritis by four to seven percent for every additional day within a heat way period. In the control group, there was no evidence for a heat wave effect.”
The researchers studied 738 IBD patients and 786 infectious gastroenteritis patients over a five-year period. Their data were compared to other non-infectious chronic intestinal inflammations, as the control. During those five years, 17 heat waves were identified. Continue reading…
Bacterial gastroenteritis causes, symptoms, treatment, and home remedies
When you have bacterial gastroenteritis it means you are experiencing inflammation in the stomach and intestines due to invading bacteria. It can be very unpleasant, leaving you rather ill. The good news is, there are ways to both treat it and avoid it altogether.
Bacterial gastroenteritis is commonly referred to as food poisoning or flu. According to the World Health Organization, close to 600 million people worldwide experience food-borne illness every year. Bacterial gastroenteritis or food poisoning can happen anywhere. It can take place while at a picnic, at large social gatherings, at restaurants, in school cafeterias, and even in your own home. Continue reading…
Norovirus vs. gastroenteritis, differences in symptoms, causes, and treatment
Gastroenteritis and norovirus are both referred to as the stomach flu, and yet neither condition has any relation to influenza. Gastroenteritis is an inflammatory condition of the gastrointestinal tract. Norovirus also affects the gastrointestinal tract but is caused by consuming contaminated food and water.
Gastroenteritis and norovirus share many similarities, and telling each apart is often tricky. In fact, norovirus is the most common form of gastroenteritis, which is an umbrella term for inflammation of the stomach, intestines, or both, and can have many causes.
Due to their vast similarities, here we will outline the symptoms, causes, and treatments for either condition to help you better understand the two. Continue reading…
For mild gastroenteritis in children, diluted apple juice is best
A new study has revealed that children with mild gastroenteritis who received diluted apple juice along with their beverage of choice experienced fewer treatment failures such as IV rehydration or hospitalization, compared to children given electrolyte maintenance solution.
Gastroenteritis is a common condition affecting children, and electrolyte maintenance solution is often recommended in order to prevent dehydration, even though it is costly and many children dislike the taste. For the study, researchers randomly assigned children with mild gastroenteritis and minimal dehydration to receive either color-matched half-strength apple juice/preferred fluids or apple-flavored electrolyte maintenance solution. After discharge, the half-strength apple juice group received fluids as desired and the electrolyte group continued with an electrolyte maintenance solution. Continue reading…
Viral gastroenteritis (stomach flu) causes, symptoms, treatment, and home remedies
Viral gastroenteritis (stomach flu) is an infection of the intestines that causes diarrhea, abdominal cramping, vomiting, and even fever. Viral gastroenteritis is often referred to as the stomach flu and is commonly transmitted by coming into contact with an infected person or by ingesting contaminated food or water.
A healthy person who contracts viral gastroenteritis will recover easily without complications, but for infants, seniors, and those with impaired immune system the risk of complications – even death – is much greater.
There is no cure for viral gastroenteritis, so your best mode of treatment is actually prevention. There are things you can do to ease symptoms and aid in recovery which we will explain in further detail. Continue reading…