Gastroenteritis is a common condition that affects the digestive or intestinal tract.

Understanding Gastroenteritis

Gastroenteritis is a common condition that affects the digestive or intestinal tract. You can develop this condition as part of influenza, or alternatively, you may have this health issue due to food poisoning. Contaminated water or beverages can also cause this medical problem. You will have chronic episodes of nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea, and in some cases, you will have all of the symptoms at the same time. The inflammation in your body can also cause painful abdominal cramping, chills, and fever. You will likely feel fatigued, dizzy, and dehydrated when you have gastroenteritis.

Gastroenteritis Complications

There are several signs that indicate that you have complications from gastroenteritis, including:

  • Bloody bowel movements
  • Extreme dehydration
  • Fainting
  • Severe pain in the abdomen
  • High fever
  • Vomiting blood or fecal matter

For children and seniors, having gastroenteritis for more than one day can lead to complications, but teenagers and adults can cope with the conditioner longer when they can continue to drink fluids. If someone has a condition such as diabetes mellitus, then immediate care is required to control the body’s insulin levels.

Stool Sampling

If you aren’t improving, then you should visit an urgent care center to determine if you have gallbladder disease or appendicitis. You can bring along a stool sample for testing to determine if you have blood in the stomach or intestinal tract. This type of test can also reveal if you have a viral or parasitical infection. A physician can provide medications for some types of infections, but if you have appendicitis or gallbladder disease, then you may need surgery right away.

Home Treatment

At home, you can treat regular gastroenteritis by drinking water, broth, or clear soft drinks. Avoid spicy or greasy foods along with anything that is caffeinated. As you begin to feel better, foods such as soups, applesauce, mashed potatoes, or oatmeal are helpful. You will likely feel tired, and extra sleep can help your body to heal faster from gastroenteritis.

Preventing Gastroenteritis

By getting an influenza vaccination each year, you can avoid some types of this illness. However, this immunization won’t prevent stomach viruses that are transmitted with airborne droplets or from surfaces that are contaminated with pathogens. Make sure to wash your hands several times a day along with keeping your home clean. Use the proper precautions at home while storing, preparing, and cooking meals to avoid eating or drinking contaminated substances.

Come into WellCare

If you are suffering from gastroenteritis and need care then come into WellCare Urgent Care Center in Grand Rapids. We will provide a personalized treatment plan to help you get over this sickness. Schedule an immediate appointment at our Cascade and Leonard offices through our online portal.

Should I visit Urgent Care or Emergency Room?

Urgent Care

When you have any medical condition that is non-life threatening or have general medical needs, then an Urgent Care center can take care of these. WellCare Urgent Care takes care of a variety of medical concerns such as the flu, vaccinations, physicals, allergy symptoms, and more.

WellCare Urgent care is convenient because it is quick and cost-effective.

Average visit time: 1 hour
Average cost: $150

Emergency Room

Emergency care is necessary when you are suffering from a life-threatening condition. This could be a heart attack, stroke, head injury, or other trauma that requires more advanced treatment. If you or someone you love has a life-threatening illness or injury, then you need to call 911 and get to the closest Emergency Room.

Emergency Rooms, while the best option for serious trauma, do take time and are costly.

Average Time Spent: 4.5 hours
Average Cost Per Visit: $1700

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