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Vomiting & Dehydration

There are many causes of vomiting and diarrhoea, the most common is a viral cause. Other symptoms may also occur, such as fever, generalised aches and pains, or headache.  

The viral cause is often known or referred to as gastroenteritis or “Gastro”.

Symptoms are typically felt 1 to 2 days after exposure to the source of infection. In most cases – symptoms resolve with rest.  Dehydration is a concern with gastro, due to the loss of fluid and salts. 

Gastro is highly contagious. The virus can survive on contaminated surfaces for long periods of time.  Vomiting usually resolves in short periods of time, whereas diarrhoea may last up to 1 week. 

If you are struggling to keep food or fluid down, and vomiting persists, or you develop abdominal pain/cramping, visit us at urgent care for a medical review.

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