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When to Seek Medical Care
Most often gastroenteritis is self-limiting, but it can cause significant problems with dehydration. Should that be a concern, contacting a primary care professional is reasonable.
Vomiting blood or having bloody or black bowel movements are not normal, and emergency care should be sought. Some medications such as iron or bismuth subsalicylate (Pepto-Bismol) can turn stool black in color.
Fever, increasing severity of abdominal pain, and persistent symptoms should not be ignored and seeking medical care should be considered.
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