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Brundall Medical Partnership

The Medical Centre

The Dales
Brundall
Norwich
Norfolk NR13 5RP
Tel: (01603) 712255
Open Mon-Fri 8.30-6.30

What is gastroenteritis and what causes it?

Gastroenteritis is an infection of the gut (intestines). The severity can range from a mild tummy upset for a day or two with some mild diarrhoea, to severe diarrhoea and vomiting for several days or longer. Many viruses, bacteria and other microbes (germs) can cause gastroenteritis.

 

How common is gastroenteritis?

Gastroenteritis is common. About 1 in 5 people in the UK develop a gastroenteritis in a year. Most people have a mild form of gastroenteritis and do not need to seek medical advice or visit their doctor.

 

  

 

When should I seek medical advice?

Seek medical advice in any of the following situations, or if any other symptoms occur that you are concerned about.

  • If you suspect that you are becoming dehydrated.
  • If you are vomiting a lot and unable to keep fluids down.
  • If you have blood in your diarrhoea or vomit.
  • If you have severe abdominal pain.
  • If you have severe symptoms, or if you feel that your condition is getting worse.
  • If you have a persisting high fever.
  • If your symptoms are not settling. For example, vomiting for more than 1-2 days, or diarrhoea that does not start to settle after 3-4 days.
  • Infections caught abroad.
  • If you are elderly or have an underlying health problem such as diabetes, epilepsy, inflammatory bowel disease, kidney disease.
  • If you have a weakened immune system because of, for example, chemotherapy treatment, long-term steroid treatment, HIV infection.
  • If you are pregnant.

 

For more information click the link below 

 

http://www.patient.co.uk/health/Gastroenteritis-in-Adults.htm

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