GASTROENTERITIS

Gastroenteritis Treatment in Jumeirah, Dubai

Fever, nausea and vomiting, abdominal cramps and watery diarrhea are the markers of viral gastroenteritis, which is a condition affecting the intestines. Another name is referred to as the stomach flu. Contamination comes from interacting with an infected person and contaminated water or food. Having a strong immune system improves the outcome of the condition while having a compromised immune system increases the chances of death.

Gastroenteritis Diagnosis

Your doctor will likely diagnose gastroenteritis based on symptoms, a physical exam and sometimes on the presence of similar cases in your community. A rapid stool test can detect rotavirus or norovirus, but there are no quick tests for other viruses that cause gastroenteritis.

Signs and Symptoms

  • Diarrhea that is non-bloody
  • Pain and cramps in the abdomen
  • Vomiting and nausea
  • A low-grade fever
  • Headache and muscle aches

See your family doctor right away if you notice these signs and symptoms to seek the immediate treatment for Gastroenteritis.

Causes

Rotavirus: It is the most common virus affecting children. They move their hands to contaminated objects, then place their hands in their mouth, hence contracting the virus. The severity in children and infants is fatal. Adults also contract the infection, but its severity is lower in adults due to their fully developed immunity.
Noroviruses: foodborne diseases are caused by the virus and affects both children and adults. It is severe and sweeps from a family, community in a country when not controlled. Enclosed spaces increase the chances of spread of the virus.

Gastroenteritis Treatment

The main focus of gastroenteritis treatment is to prevent dehydration by drinking plenty of fluids. In severe cases, hospitalization and intravenous fluids are necessary. The CDC recommends that over-the-counter oral rehydration solutions (OHS), such as Pedialyte, be kept in the homes of families with young children (CDC).

What You Can Do

There’s often no specific medical treatment for viral gastroenteritis.

  • In most countries, the rotavirus vaccine is available, especially to children due to their lowered immunity. The vaccine is given within the first year of life and helps improve immunity against the virus.
  • Proper hand washing techniques. Children need to be taught to wash their hands properly, especially after visiting the toilet. By doing so, infections, especially the virus is washed off.
  • Personal items should not be shared at home. Any personal item that has body fluids should not be shared.
  • Distance with anyone who has the virus. Distance ensures the virus spread is limited.
  • Hard surfaces need to be constantly disinfected to keep the virus at bay.
  • Childcare centers need to be constantly checked and evaluated to reduce infection spread.
  • Drinking water needs to be carbonated or properly sealed.
  • Raw food needs to be avoided due to the handling.
  • Be keen to note dehydration in children and adults.
  • Allow the stomach to be at ease by staying away from solid foods for some time.
  • Taking water in case one suspects, to have the virus to replace the water lost during diarrhea.
  • Get rest to help the body recover.

What We Can Do

The gastroenteritis treatment at SHAMMA Clinic in Dubai is carried out by:

  • Diagnosis that is based on the symptoms that a person presents with and the history of exposure to the virus.
  • Rapid stool test to determine the causative agent.
  • Our gastroenteritis treatment includes offering vaccines to children under the age of one.
  • Also educating the community on methods to reduce the virus.
  • Teaching the community on proper hand washing techniques.
  • Conservative management of the condition since it is a viral infection.

Schedule a consultation with the gastroenterologist at SHAMMA Clinic in Jumeirah, Dubai for the best gastroenteritis treatment options available today.

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