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Gastroenteritis (GAH-stroh-en-tuh-RY-tis)

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• Diarrhea
• Stomach
 
 
Definition: An infection or irritation of the stomach and intestines. May be caused by bacteria or parasites from spoiled food or unclean water. Other causes include eating food that irritates the stomach lining and emotional upsets such as anger, fear, or stress. Symptoms include diarrhea, nausea, vomiting, and abdominal cramping.

Causes of gastroenteritis

  • Bacteria
    • Escherichia coli.
    • Salmonella.
    • Shigella.
  • Viruses
    • Norwalk virus.
    • Rotavirus.
  • Parasites
    • Cryptosporidia.
    • Entamoeba histolytica.
    • Giardia lamblia.

Also Known As: Infectious Diarrhea and Travelers' Diarrhea.

Common Misspellings: gastrointeritis

Related Resources:

IBD and IBS on the Road
Tips on avoiding traveler's diarrhea and finding restrooms while traveling.

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