How are viral gastrointestinal infections diagnosed?

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A physical examination is often all that's needed to diagnose viral gastrointestinal infections. Knowing if there has recently been an outbreak of viral gastroenteritis in your local area will assist the doctor in making a diagnosis as well. The doctor may also ask for a sample of your stool just to rule out other possible causes of your symptoms, such as parasites or a bacterial infection. The test can also identify some of the potential viruses causing the infection, but not all of them.

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Viral Infections

Viral Infections

Viral infections like herpes simplex, respiratory syncytial virus (RSV), chicken pox and rotavirus are infections caused by a virus instead of a bacterium. Viral infections do not respond to antibiotics, but some specific viruses ...

like influenza A and B can be treated with certain antiviral medications. Most commonly, treatment for viral infections includes drinking lots of fluids, getting rest, eating well and letting the illness run its course.
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