What is it?

Gastrointestinal infections are viral, bacterial or parasitic infections that cause an inflammation of the gastrointestinal tract (gastroenteritis) and can involve the stomach and the small intestine.

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Signs & symptoms

Symptoms include diarrhea, vomiting, and abdominal pain. Dehydration is the main danger of gastrointestinal infections, so drinking a lot of water is important, most gastrointestinal infections are self-limited and resolve within a few days.


The primary thing for diagnosis is questioning and physical examination by your doctor. When symptoms shows a possible gastrointestinal infection, diagnosis can be confirmed through laboratory tests used for culture or antigen detection from stool specimens.


For many cases of bacterial gastroenteritis, only symptomatic treatment is required.
- Rehydration – oral and sometimes intravenous
- Antibiotics may be recommended in particularly severe cases of gastroenteritis, or if a specific bacteria has been identified as the cause.

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