Gastroenteritis (Stomach Flu) - Symptoms

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What are gastroenteritis symptoms?

The gastroenteritis symptoms are:

  • diarrhea,
  • nausea,
  • abdominal cramps, and
  • vomiting.

Not all affected individuals will develop all symptoms. Some people also may develop a mild fever of about 100 F (37.7 C). Most symptoms will resolve in about 2 to 5 days. Gastroenteritis may cause dehydration during this short time period, mainly in children or debilitated adults. In this article, gastroenteritis with dehydration is considered severe gastroenteritis.

People with symptoms of diarrhea, bloody diarrhea, nausea, or vomiting that last longer than 5 days, and often may have other symptoms of fever (greater than 101 F, 38.3 C), malaise, dehydration, sepsis, or additional symptoms, for this article, will not be considered to have gastroenteritis. Not all investigators or health care professionals will agree with this designation and consider bloody diarrhea, vomiting more than 48 hours, fever higher than 101 F, dehydration, and relatively constant abdominal pain as symptoms of severe gastroenteritis. However, since these symptoms are non-specific and are more frequently are associated as part of a spectrum of symptoms that occur with a specific disease that needs medical care, often quickly, these symptoms are considered as part of those that may occur with a number of specific diseases.

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Comment from: Ms.Ta, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: July 17

I had fever, nausea, and bad stomach cramps, like being stabbed with a knife. I had to go to the ER and get antibiotics. I am feeling better, but I am not eating any meat for a while...just soups and yogurts.

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Comment from: Sugandhi Sah, 19-24 Female (Caregiver) Published: August 23

Diarrhea and dysentery,a bdominal cramp,n ausea and vomiting and weakness etc.

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