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When should one seek further help and treatment for viral gastroenteritis?

Gastroenterology Health & Fitness

Hello, 21 y/o female here. I have been suffering from gastroenteritis for the past week and would like to know more about fully recovering. I still have loose yellow diarrhea, stomach churning and abdominal discomfort. How to know if you are completely "cured" from viral gastroenteritis, and how long does it typically take to recover? I am unsure if I need to seek further help and treatment. Thank you.

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In general, gastroenteritis is a self limiting condition which resolves within 2 weeks. Having said that, some people may experience prolonged symptoms of bloating or looses stools for another 1-2 week. This may be related to post-infective bowel irritation or food sensitivity. Do consider refraining from diary products and spicy food until you recover. Adequate hydration is important while you are still having loose stools

So long as your general condition is improving and there is no persistent fever or blood stained stools, most people will recover uneventfully without long term consequences. Should your loose stools or symptoms persist beyond 4 weeks, it will be prudent to seek proper advice from you doctor to exclude other more significant conditions. Hope you have a speedy recovery.

-Dr Quan


Dr Quan Wai Leong
MBBS, MRCP, FRCP, FAMS

Gastroenterology and Hepatology, GI Endoscopy and Liver Centre @Royal Square
101 IRRAWADDY ROAD
ROYAL SQUARE
#15 - 01 Singapore 329565

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