The term gastroenteritis is broad even when used by doctors, says Jay Solnick, MD, professor of medicine and an infectious disease specialist at the University of California, Davis, School of Medicine. "If I was talking to a colleague and told him a patient of mine had gastroenteritis, my colleague would expect that I meant he had nausea or vomiting or diarrhea," he says.
Generally, however, it means irritated and inflamed stomach and intestines (the gastrointestinal tract) and may be due to any number of things, including bacteria or viruses, or parasites, which can spread quickly through contaminated food or water.
This answer should not be considered medical advice...This answer should not be considered medical advice and should not take the place of a doctor’s visit. Please see the bottom of the page for more information or visit our Terms and Conditions.
Archived: March 20, 2014
Thanks for your feedback.
647 of 826 found this helpful
Read the Original Article: The Truth About Stomach Flu