Gastric Pain, Stomach Flu & Food Poisoning

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Gastric Pain, Stomach Flu & Food Poisoning: Treatment and Causes

Last updated: Thursday, July 11, 2019 | 3 min reading time

What's up with your upset stomach?

Gastric pain, stomach flu, and food poisoning are some common causes of an upset stomach. Depending on the cause of your stomach pain, the symptoms and treatment however may vary.

Learn more about the types of stomach pain, symptoms, causes, treatments, and prevention. If your stomach pain continues to persist, do consult a gastroenterologist.

Types of stomach pain

The three most common causes of stomach pain include:

Gastric pain

Gastric pain is pain that comes from the stomach. There are many causes of gastric pain, and it may be difficult to differentiate the causes. 

Symptoms of gastric pain

Causes of gastric pain

Treatment of gastric pain

Preventing gastric pain

Stomach flu

Viral gastroenteritis, commonly known as stomach flu, is an intestinal infection marked by watery diarrhoea, abdominal cramps, nausea or vomiting, and sometimes fever.

Symptoms of stomach flu

Causes of stomach flu

You can get a viral infection from:

Treatment for stomach flu

Preventing stomach flu

Food poisoning

Food poisoning is due to eating food contaminated by bacteria, viruses or parasites. This most commonly results in nausea, vomiting or diarrhoea that often resolves without needing any treatment.

Causes of food poisoning

Food poisoning occurs due to infection of bacteria, virus or parasites contracted by eating contaminated food or being in contact with an infected person or surface.

Treatment for food poisoning

Preventing food poisoning

If your symptoms persist or are so severe that you are unable to perform everyday tasks such as standing up straight or walking, visit the Urgent Care Centre to get a clear diagnosis and effective treatment.

It is prudent to be mindful of what you eat to avoid or to improve an upset stomach.

What to eat and drink:

What not to eat:

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