But what actually is Gastroenteritis aka “Gastro”? Gastro is a short-term illness triggered by infection and inflammation of the digestive system. The main symptoms include, tummy cramps, diarrhoea, vomiting and feeling generally unwell🤕
Infectious gastroenteritis is usually caused by viruses, bacteria or parasites. Infection happens when the bacteria, virus or parasite is ingested, either by eating or drinking. So it is really important that you wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water after you go to the toilet, before preparing food and keep your kitchen surfaces clean. If you have been in contact with someone with similar symptoms always be sure to wash your hands to reduce transmission.
If you’ve got gastro, it usually settles by itself after 5-7 days, it’s vital during this time that you keep up your fluids and take oral rehydration therapy from the chemist. You may not feel like eating but when your appetite slowly comes back, start with plain food such as toast.
If you’re not sure whether you have gastro or need further help or advice, pop by and see me in clinic.
A recent Australian study has shown that GP’s are prescribing up to 9 times more antibiotics than recommended. A lot of cough or cold-like symptoms are caused by viruses which don’t respond to antibiotics.
If you are in any doubt whether you’re suffering from a viral or bacterial infection come and see me in clinic today to make sure you’re getting the right treatment.