Gastroenteritis is usually caused by viruses, food-borne bacteria, contaminated water or an allergic reaction to new foodstuffs. It causes an inflammation of the intestines and stomach which leads to symptoms reminiscent of food poisoning. These vary depending on the severity but can include stomach cramps, vomiting, nausea, diarrhoea and, on occasion, a mild fever. Gastroenteritis may also occur as a side-effect of some medications. If you suspect that you or someone else has gastroenteritis, let the stomach settle by avoiding food for a few hours. Prevent dehydration by drinking plenty of water and check that your urine is light in colour as darkness means you are dehydrated. If you are dehydrated and cannot drink fluids, you should seek medical attention. Introduce some easy-to-eat foods such as toast but stop eating if you feel nauseous. If the symptoms persist or you find blood in your stool, seek medical help. If it is your child, seek medical help if they become unusually drowsy, vomit blood or there is blood in the stools or they become feverish. Check for signs of dehydration such as dry mouth and skin and check to ensure they are continuing to urinate. If not, seek medical help immediately.
Gastroenteritis and food-borne illness
Treating gastroenteritis is similar to treating food poisoning, but the underlying cause may be different. Side-effects of some medications may include gastroenteritis, therefore those who have a history of this when taking certain medication should inform their doctor. This way, it can be avoided in future. People may be allergic to some foods therefore it is best to ask at any restaurants and eateries whether this food is present in the dish you order. It may be caused by a virus or a bacterial pathogen. This could have been due to eating undercooked food or drinking contaminated water. In these cases, there may be negligence involved and your gastroenteritis could have been avoided. Hazards in restaurants and eateries must be controlled in order to avoid contaminating the food served to the public. This means cooking and storing food at the correct temperatures, keeping a clean establishment and following the rules of good food preparation. If someone was at fault and you have fallen ill with gastroenteritis, you may able to hold that person liable. A compensation claims company like Accident Advice Helpline can assist you with this. Call us for no-obligation advice should you become ill due to negligence. We can take you step by step through the process and could win you a cash payout for your inconvenience.