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Stomach flu, sometimes called gastroenteritis, is inflammation of
the stomach and intestines. It can be caused by a viral, bacterial, or a
parasitic infection, but it is not caused by the influenza virus.
The symptoms of gastroenteritis include nausea, vomiting, abdominal
(belly) cramps, diarrhea, fever, and weight loss.
Stomach flu usually goes away without medical treatment in 1 to 2
days. Home treatment can relieve the symptoms of stomach flu and prevent
problems, such as dehydration.
Current as of:
May 24, 2016
E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine & Christine Hahn, MD - Epidemiology
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