How is viral gastroenteritis treated?

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Most cases of viral gastroenteritis resolve over time without specific treatment. Antibiotics are not effective against viral infections. The primary goal of treatment is to reduce the symptoms, and prompt treatment may be needed to prevent dehydration.

Your body needs fluids to function. Dehydration is the loss of fluids from the body. Important salts or minerals, known as electrolytes, can also be lost with the fluids. Dehydration can be caused by diarrhea, vomiting, excessive urination, excessive sweating, or inadequate intake of fluids because of nausea, difficulty swallowing, or loss of appetite.

This answer is based on source information from National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases.

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