Gastroenteritis is inflammation of your stomach and intestines.
Gastroenteritis is usually caused by an infection with a virus or bacteria
You feel very sick to your stomach, throw up, and have diarrhea
Throwing up and diarrhea can lead to dehydration Dehydration Everyone needs water and electrolytes (minerals, such as sodium and potassium, that help with many body functions) to be healthy. Normally, your body automatically balances your level of water... read more (not having enough water in your body), which is especially dangerous in old people and babies
To help prevent the spread of gastroenteritis, wash your hands after using the bathroom and avoid undercooked food
Gastroenteritis usually goes away on its own
You'll need extra fluids and sometimes drugs to help stop vomiting or diarrhea
Antibiotics don't usually help with gastroenteritis
Gastroenteritis is usually caused by:
Other causes include:
For adults with mild gastroenteritis, doctors will have you:
If you're a healthy adult, the kind of fluid and food really doesn't matter.
If your baby or young child has gastroenteritis, you should give them:
Oral rehydration fluids have the right balance of salts and minerals that babies and young children need.
For more severe gastroenteritis, doctors may:
The following lower your chance of getting gastroenteritis: