Gastroenteritis: Prevention and Complications

Prevention Tips

  • Always wash your hands regularly and maintain hygienic conditions
  • Eat properly prepared and stored food.
  • Get vaccinated (Vaccinations for Vibrio cholerae, and rotavirus have been developed)
  • Keep your surroundings clean and germ-free. Disinfect dirty surfaces with chlorine bleach-based cleaners.
  • Avoid eating food and beverages from street vendors. It is always safe to eat meals that are prepared at home.
  • Make sure that the water you drink have been boiled or treated with chlorine or iodine.
  • Avoid milk, meat, or egg-based food that has been left unrefrigerated. You are not sure whether or not the food has been contaminated.
  • Exercise regularly. A healthier body is the best shield against all forms of diseases.
  • Some forms of gastroenteritis caused by emotional problems may be prevented by trying to reduce stress.
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Watch Out

  • High fever
  • Abdominal pain

When to See Doctor

Consult a doctor if you have
  • A high fever above 101 F
  • Blood or pus in your stool
  • Severe diarrhea or vomiting
  • Symptoms of significant dehydration, including dry mouth, intense thirst, and weakness

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