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.

Treating gastroenteritis

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

Symptoms of gastroenteritis

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

Preventing gastroenteritis

The microorganisms that cause gastroenteritis are varied and with new strains emerging from year to year, makes it difficult to inoculate people against gastroenteritis.

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Risk factors

Gastroenteritis is a common disease that occurs worldwide.

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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