This term refers to irritation of the stomach and intestines, by some infectious agent. Most gastroenteritis is caused by a viral infection, however sometimes bacteria can cause it - either directly, or by producing a toxin in food which causes violent symptoms - food poisoning. The symptoms are vomiting, diarrhea, and often fever from the underlying infection. Treatment is symptomatic, meaning fluids for the diarrhea and a lighter, more easily digestible diet for the vomiting. Gastroenteritis will pass of its own accord; prevent serious dehydration and you're OK.

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