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Gastroenteritis (cont.)

Gastroenteritis Symptoms

By definition, gastroenteritis affects both the stomach and the intestines, resulting in vomiting and diarrhea.

Common gastroenteritis symptoms

  • Low grade fever, usually les than 100 F (37.7 C)
  • Nausea with or without vomiting
  • Mild-to-moderate diarrhea
  • Crampy painful abdominal bloating (The cramps may come in cycles, increasing in severity until a loose bowel movement occurs and the pain resolves somewhat leaving a dull ache.)

More serious symptoms of gastroenteritis

  • Blood in vomit or stool (this is never normal and the affected individual should seek immediate medical care)
  • Vomiting more than 48 hours
  • Fever higher than 101 F (40 C)
  • Swollen abdomen
  • Increasingly severe abdominal pain
  • Dehydration - weakness, lightheadedness, decreased urination, dry skin, dry mouth and lack of sweat and tears are characteristic symptoms of dehydration.
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 12/31/2014

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