Digestive Health

Gastroenteritis and food illness

Find information and advice on gastroenteritis, often referred to as a "stomach bug". Learn more about the causes, symptoms and treatment of this common condition.

Games organisers fight 'Delhi Belly'

Reports of upset stomachs at the Commonwealth Games village in the Indian capital show that even highly protected athletes are not immune to the infamous "Delhi belly".

Queen hospitalised with gastroenteritis

Britain's 86-year-old Queen Elizabeth II spent Sunday night in hospital after being admitted for the first time in 10 years as a precautionary measure against the symptoms of gastroenteritis.

Tummy bug risk at beach

Beachgoers should take note: sitting on wet sand or swimming in the sea for too long may increase the risk of catching an unpleasant stomach bug, a new study found.

Preventing gastroenteritis

There are a few things you can do to lower your chances of contracting gastroenteritis or spreading it to others.

Symptoms of gastroenteritis

With gastroenteritis, the symptoms may vary hugely – from watery diarrhea to stomach pain to nausea and headaches.

Treating gastroenteritis

Regardless of what causes gastroenteritis, patient care is the same, with most cases improving without any specific treatment.

Diagnosing gastroenteritis

A diagnosis of gastroenteritis will be made by a doctor, who will start off by taking a complete history of your symptoms.

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Dr. Estelle Wilken is a Senior Specialist in Internal Medicine and Gastroenterology at Tygerberg Hospital. She obtained her MBChB in 1976, her MMed (Int) in 1991 and her gastroenterology registration in 1995.

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