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ICD-10 code: A08.3

Chapter: Certain infectious and parasitic diseases

Other Viral Enteritis - Causes, Symptoms, and Treatment

Viruses are a common cause of gastroenteritis, an inflammation of the stomach and intestines. One of the most common types of viral gastroenteritis is the stomach flu, which is caused by norovirus. However, there are other types of viral enteritis that can also cause similar symptoms.

  1. Rotavirus: Rotavirus is a common cause of viral enteritis in young children. It is highly contagious and spreads through contaminated food, water, or surfaces. Symptoms include diarrhea, vomiting, and fever.
  2. Adenovirus: Adenovirus is another type of virus that can cause enteritis. It is spread through contact with an infected person or contaminated objects. Symptoms include diarrhea, fever, and abdominal pain.
  3. Astrovirus: Astrovirus is a less common cause of viral enteritis, but it can still cause significant illness. It is often seen in young children and can cause symptoms such as diarrhea and vomiting.
  4. Norovirus: Norovirus is a highly contagious virus that causes the stomach flu. It is spread through contaminated food or water, or by contact with an infected person. Symptoms include diarrhea, vomiting, and stomach cramps.

Most cases of viral enteritis will resolve on their own within a few days. Treatment is aimed at managing symptoms and preventing dehydration. It is important to drink plenty of fluids, especially water and electrolyte solutions, to replace lost fluids and prevent dehydration. In severe cases, hospitalization may be necessary to provide intravenous fluids and electrolytes.

Prevention is key when it comes to viral enteritis. The best way to prevent the spread of infection is to practice good hygiene. This includes washing your hands frequently, especially before eating or preparing food, and after using the bathroom. It is also important to avoid sharing utensils, cups, or other personal items with someone who is sick.

If you suspect you or someone you know has viral enteritis, it is important to seek medical attention if symptoms are severe or do not improve within a few days. Your doctor can provide guidance on managing symptoms and preventing complications.