Common Cause of GI Symptoms

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If you have diarrhea, vomiting and abdominal cramping, it may be gastroenteritis, which some people mistakenly refer to as stomach flu. This inflammation of the stomach spreads by person-to-person contact, air, and contaminated food and water.

The most common cause? Germs transferred from fecal matter, usually the result of poor handwashing. The most potentially dangerous complication of gastroenteritis is dehydration. If you get sick, drink plenty of fluids, such as water or sports drinks.

You'll likely recover in one to three days on your own. See a doctor if you have excessive thirst, dark urine, infrequent urination, dry skin, lethargy, dizziness or light-headedness, or if gastroenteritis symptoms last more than five days.

From our sister publication REMEDY's Healthy Living Winter 2012

Publication Review By: the Editorial Staff at

Published: 19 Nov 2012

Last Modified: 19 Nov 2012