Is food poisoning the leading cause of gastroenteritis?

No. A large collection of viruses called enteroviruses target the intestinal tract & are the most common cause of gastroenteritis.
Probably not. It is usually viral, sometimes bacterial. It spreads through contaminated food or water, and contact with an infected person. Many cases are spread person to person. Good hand washing is important.

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Is there a difference between food poisoning and gastroenteritis?

Maybe. Gastroentritis may or may not have something to do with the food one eats. Food poisoning, by definition, results from ingesting infected or spoiled food. Read more...
Yes. Food poisoning occurs from food or water that contains bacteria, parasites, viruses, or toxins made by these germs. Most cases are caused by common bacteria such as Staphylococcus or E. coli. Common gastroenteritis is typically a viral vomiting and diarrheal illness not related to contaminated food. Food poisoning results in a gastroenteritis but all gastroenteritis does not come from bad food. . Read more...

Can loperamide be taken for gastroenteritis? (Viral or food poisoning). Or will it make the illness worse?

Diarrhea treatment. For viral infections loperamide can be taken for diarrhea. If food poisoning is suspected, I would not recommend it. You can also consider a probiotic supplement which can help resolve the diarrhea. The most important goal is to stay well hydrated. If symptoms persist more than a few days, or you feel dehydrated, please see your physician. . Read more...
Loperamide. The accepted and practiced advice is "no" - don't use an agent that slows bowel motility when an intestinal infection is present. It can prolong the GI illness. Having stated that, for sure, many persons who have a mild gastroenteritis or a mild form of food intolerance or even food "poisoning" have taken such an agent with no ill effect to them. Moderate or serious cases - NOPE - do not take it. Read more...
It can. In acute diarrhea and vomiting, loperamide is not a good choice. The intestines react too strongly too meds,and the loperamide can actually completely stop bowel motion. . . everything then just stops working! Not good. Try Pepto-bismol or kaopectate (kaolin and pectin) and gas-x and a bland diet (no caffeine, vitamin C or spicy, greasy foods till better. I am one of those that say to stay away from dairy, too. Read more...

Food poisoning or stomach flu, how to tell?

Usually in... Retrospect. Food poisoning will affect multiple people, but only those who ate the same food. Gastroenteritis will hit multiple people, going from one to the other. Food poisoning is usually not passed from person-to-person. Read more...

Are food poisoning and stomach flu the same thing?

No. Food poisoning refers to contamination of food leading typically to diarrhea and abdominal pain. Stomach flu refers to mild viral illness with a predominance of similar symptoms of abdominal cramping and diarrhea. These may not be easily distinguished clinically. Read more...
Not really. Stomach flu is related to viruses that can be transmitted by eating contaminated food or water or personal contact with other people who are ill. Foodborne illness ( food poisoning is another term for this) occurs as a direct result of ingesting contaminated food or fluids. Toxins are produced by the parasites, viruses or bacteria, . Read more...

Stomach trouble that maybe food poisoning or stomach flu. How to tell for sure?

Food poisoning / flu. Food poisoning & 'stomach flu' both irritate the stomach lining & produce similar symptoms. Initial treatment is the same - primarily hydration. Drink clear liquids for the first 24 hours, rest and avoid eating regular food until regular liquids and soft bland foods are tolerated. If significant fever, weakness , dehydration of blood occur, or if symptoms persist, should see a doctor. Read more...

How can I tell if I have food poisoning or a stomach flu?

Difficult . If you have an obvious risky food exposure with other sick contacts then food posioning would be more likely. Otherwise very difficult to differentiate the two. Read more...