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Does bacterial or viral gastroenteritis have more severe symptoms?

Depends. It all depends on the bug, the severity of infection, and the person that gets infected. Severity can't be determined by virus vs. Bacteria. It is all by the individual player. Read more...
Gastroenteritis. Bacterial enterocolitis usually produces more severe symptoms than viral infection. Read more...

On average how long from the start of viral gastroenteritis symptoms to get to the point of the severe nausea/vomiting stage?

Symptom duration. Well there are quite a number of variables here-such as 'what virus', 'you' the patient, your condition 'before you got sick' etc. So it's hard to give a precise answer. Most of the times, it's just a day or two. If it's longer than that, then it may not be 'so simple' after all and would need professional evaluation. Dehydration, kidney damage, 'passing out', falls, muscle damage etc could result. Read more...

What is viral gastroenteritis?

Hukes and spews. Viral gastroenteritis means a bowel infection caused by a virus leading to nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea. It is treated symptomatically, but other sources need to be ruled out, especially if there is pain or bleeding from above or below. Read more...

What causes viral gastroenteritis?

Virus. It is a viral infection of the GI tract. It can be picked up from contact with surfaces, foods, living things, etc. That are carrying the virus. The best prevention is frequent hand washing and proper food preparation. Read more...

How is viral gastroenteritis treated?

Usually with time... Most cases of viral gastroenteritis are mild, self-limited, and not life threatening. These resolve on their own with supportive care (drink fluids to prevent dehydration, eat moderately as tolerated, as needed analgesia). In special cases (newborns, elderly, debilitated) hospitalization may be required to provide IV fluids and to support co-morbid medical conditions. Read more...

How is viral gastroenteritis diagnosed?

Clinically. It's frequently a diagnosis of exclusion as it's generally a self limited illness - lasting less than 24 hours or so. Read more...