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Published on April 6th, 2013 | by Nicole Corvin

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Five things to know about gastroenteritis

Even the Queen of England isn’t immune to it: Gastroenteritis o otherwise known as a “stomach-bug” is a common disease most of us will have several times in our lives. By itself it is rarely deadly, but it can cause complications through dehydrating us and removing vital minerals from our bodies.

Here are a few things to know about Gastroenteritis:

  • It is often referred to as a Stomach Flu, but it is not actually an influenza infection. The reasons can be various. Among them are parasites, bacteria and even some viruses, of which none is an influenza type virus. Usually the symptoms include a fever, diarrhea, stomach cramps, nausea and/or vomiting.
  • Not many People actually die from it. There can be complications though if the patients get dehydrated or if there is a mineral imbalance from too much vomiting or diarrhea.
  • You can get Gastroenteritis from food, liquids and from other people that are infected. It is highly contagious especially from one person to another and from food, while waterborne disease is rarer. Mayo Clinic insists that prevention is key, urging us to wash our hands before every meal and to avoid food, water and utensils we might think are contaminated. Doctors diagnose the disease both from symptoms and circumstances.
  • If the cause is a virus you can’t treat the disease. Medicine that will stop the diarrhea is also not advised since it can prolong infection. The best is to eat more foods and drinks that contain minerals and beneficial nutrients like complex carbohydrates.
  •  It can last up to ten days in total.

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