Answers to Common Cold and Flu Questions

Premier Health providers answer frequently asked questions about cold and flu.

What is gastroenteritis?

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


Gastroenteritis is an inflammation of the lining of your intestines, and it’s caused by bacteria, parasites, or a virus, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).

Viral gastroenteritis is the second most common sickness in the United States, and it’s often caused by norovirus.

It spreads through food or water that is contaminated and also by being in contact with a person who has it.

Symptoms include:

  • Abdominal pain
  • Chills
  • Diarrhea
  • Fever
  • Headache
  • Vomiting

Talk to your doctor for more information about gastroenteritis.

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Source: Meghan Brewster, MD, Beavercreek Family Medicine; Christopher Lauricella, MD, Family Medicine of Vandalia; Sally McIntyre, MD, Belmont Physicians; Josh Ordway, MD, Franklin Family Practice; Guillermo Trevino, MD, Covington Family Care; Lauren Roth, MD, Phillipsburg Family Care; Susan Davis-Brown, MD, Brookville Family Care; Amanda Fox, CNP, Dulan and Moore Dulan Family Wellness Center; Angelia Mickle, DNP, Jamestown Family Medicine; Leelmohan Ravikumar, MD, Troy Primary Care Physicians; Janet Smith, CNP, Southtown Family Practice; Aaron Block, MD, MPH, Franklin Family Practice; Anoopa Hodges, DO, Oakwood Primary Care

Sally S. McIntyre, MD

Sally S. McIntyre, MD

Belmont Physicians

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Guillermo "Bill" Trevino, MD

Guillermo "Bill" Trevino, MD

Miami County Internal Medicine

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