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Gastroenteritis is an illness that may cause nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea. It is sometimes called "stomach flu." It can be caused by bacteria or a virus.
You will probably begin to feel better in 1 to 2 days. In the meantime, get plenty of rest and make sure you do not become dehydrated. Dehydration occurs when your body loses too much fluid.
Follow-up care is a key part of your treatment and safety. Be sure to make and go to all appointments, and call your doctor or nurse call line if you are having problems. It's also a good idea to know your test results and keep a list of the medicines you take.
Call 911 anytime you think you may need emergency care. For example, call if:
Call your doctor or nurse call line now or seek immediate medical care if:
Watch closely for changes in your health, and be sure to contact your doctor or nurse call line if:
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Current as of: July 30, 2018
Author: Healthwise Staff
Medical Review:Adam Husney MD - Family Medicine
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