What Are the Symptoms of Gastric Flu?

Updated July 19, 2017

Gastroenteritis is called the stomach flu or the 24-hour flu because it goes away in a few days. It causes irritation and inflammation of the stomach and small and large intestines. It affects people of all ages and causes abdominal cramping, pain, diarrhoea and vomiting. Gastric flu is a viral infection and can be spread by kissing, shacking hands, sharing drinks, such as soda or eating utensils.

Symptoms of Gastric Flu

Common symptoms of gastric flu include vomiting, abdominal cramps, and diarrhoea. It usually takes a few days for the symptoms to appear. Symptoms may last several days.

Other Symptoms of Gastric Flu

Other symptoms of gastric flu include fever, headaches, muscle aches, chills, weight loss and tiredness. The symptoms can be mild to severe.

Causes of Symptoms of Gastric Flu

The most common cause of gastric flu is a viral infection known as the intestinal flu. This illness is caused by a virus and can produce different symptoms in different people.

Is Gastric Flu A Virus?

The influenza virus does not cause gastric flu, even though it is called the stomach flu or gastric flue.

Prevention of Gastric Flu

Wash your hands often, as it is the best preventive treatment for not getting the gastric flu.

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Beverly Block is a freelance writer in Long Island, N.Y. She writes articles in a variety of subjects from her past experiences, skills and education. As an independent contractor, she has written ebooks, blogs and how-to and informational articles.