Gastroteritis Gastroenteritis is the general term used to describe inflammation of the lining of the digestive tract that may result from bacteria, viruses, parasites or toxins. Common symptoms result including abdominal pain, diarrhea, nausea and vomiting. A number of medical and lay terms describe subsets of this general condition.  The most common is “stomach flu” that would more correctly be called viral gastroenteritis since it is typically a viral infection. The links below are to descriptions, oils and experiences related to the most common forms of gastroenteritis. The descriptions below this define some of the overlapping terms that are used for these conditions.

  • Diarrhea
  • Dysentery
  • Food Poisoning
  • Gastritis
  • Stomach Flu (Viral Gastroenteritis)
  • Traveler’s Diarrhea (Montezuma’s Revenge)

Common medical terms

Gastroenteritis is the general term for infection (bacterial, viral, parasitical or toxins) that leads to inflammation of the mucous membrane of the digestive tract.

Dysentery, a subset of gastroenteritis, primarily affecting the colon. Infection is commonly from parasites but can also be bacterial, viral or toxic. Most common are amoebic, giardia and cryptosporidium that all come from protozoans (single cell parasites).

Gastritis, a subset of gastroenteritis, is specifically inflammation of tissue in the stomach.

Diarrhea is a common symptom of various forms of gastroenteritis. Some use this term interchangeably with dysentery.

Common lay terms

Food poisoning can lead to gastroenteritis and primarily describes what and how the infectious agents come into the body.

Stomach flu (viral gastroenteritis) is a subset of gastroenteritis caused by a viral infection from a number of viruses (but unrelated to those that cause the common cold and flu).

Traveler’s diarrhea (Montezuma’s revenge) is the lay term used for gastroenteritis (bacterial or viral) common to folks traveling to new areas and exposed to new infectious agents.

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