What are the symptoms of viral gastrointestinal infections?

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Viral gastrointestinal infection symptoms commonly include watery diarrhea, nausea or vomiting, abdominal pain, and dehydration. Occasional symptoms may include general muscle aches and pains, headaches, and a low fever or chills. Symptoms generally set in quickly after exposure, anywhere from a few hours to three days, and don't generally last longer than a few days, although in some cases they may persist for up to a week and a half.

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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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