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Symptoms and treatment of gastroenteritis

Symptoms of the condition include diarrhoea, abdominal pain, fever and vomiting.

Medical attention is necessary if you are unable to keep fluids down, have not urinated for over six hours, have passed blood-stained diarrhoea, feel drowsy, experience confusion, or find that your health is deteriorating.

Mild forms of the infection may not require any specific treatment. It is important however to drink lots of fluid daily. Chat to your doctor about using rehydration salts. Serious signs of dehydration may require intravenous fluids.

Source: Women’s Health for Life, by Dr Sarah Jarvis

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