Gastroenteritis is a very common condition of inflammation or infection of the digestive tract. In common usage, it is often abbreviated to just ďgastroĒ. The most common type is infectious gastroenteritis which can be caused by a viral or bacterial infection of the stomach and intestines. Symptoms include nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, abdominal pain, and related symptoms. Travelerís diarrhea is a form of infectious gastroenteritis. Infections are not the only cause of gastroenteritis, and the differential diagnosis must include various other possible causes: poisoning (e.g. household chemicals, toxins, etc.), drug overdose, supplement overdose, food poisoning, and numerous other causes (potentially any cause of abdominal pain). Treatment of everyday infectious diarrhea is symptomatic and the main concern is often to avoid the complications of dehydration and electrolyte imbalance, which can be dangerous to young children, the elderly, or patients with a debilitating illness.
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- Viral Infections: Viral infections are caused by viruses, which are tiny microbes that spread in the body. Viruses are actually made up
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- Bacterial Infections: Bacteria are tiny single-celled microbes that can infect the body. Some bacterial infections can be quite dangerous and worsen
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- Travelerís Diarrhea: Travelerís diarrhea is a broad term referring to any diarrheal illness in a traveller or a returning traveller. The
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- Poisoning: Poisoning, or toxicity, is the general category of poisoning from any type of substance. Poisons may be ingested (eaten), injected
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- Dehydration: Dehydration is a lack of adequate fluid in the body. Dehydration is a dangerous complication of various infections, and can
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