What is the best way to treat gastroenteritis?

Dr. Aaron Block discusses the best way to treat gastroenteritis. Click play to watch the video or read the transcript.


Gastroenteritis – specifically the viral kind – is a sickness you have to wait out while your immune system goes to work.

It’s important to drink fluids whenever possible. Don’t let vomiting or diarrhea go on for more than 24 hours without being able to keep fluids down, or you can risk becoming dehydrated, according to Premier Physician Network (PPN) physicians.

If you can’t keep fluids down, visit your doctor, who might be able to provide anti-nausea medication so that you can at least drink to stay hydrated.

Other steps you can take to help get over a case of gastroenteritis include getting plenty of rest; drinking rehydration solutions, such as Pedialyte or watered-down Gatorade; and eating bland foods once you feel up to it, such as rice, potatoes, bread, or applesauce.

Talk to your doctor for more information about how to treat gastroenteritis.

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