Six easy ways to steer clear of Gastroenteritis

Apr 4, 2013


Before listing preventative measures for gastroenteritis, let me explain briefly what exactly this condition is.

Gastroenteritis is usually caused by inflammation in the stomach and small intestine and is caused by an infection. Sufferers may get pain in the stomach area, diarrhoea and vomiting.

The causes of this inflammation include viral and bacterial agents. These may be picked up from other people as well as from the food and water we eat. Gastroenteritis usually lasts for only a few days but sometimes, it can affect a person for weeks or even months.

In extreme cases, the illness can be so bad that it forces a person to remain in their home all day for the fear that leaving the house will cause an embarrassing and uncomfortable situation.

There are some simple ways to prevent yourself from getting gastroenteritis*:

1.Make sure to wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water after using the toilet, and before and after handling food.

2.Keep your home and belongings clean by disinfecting regularly so as not to allow germs to linger.

3.If you have doubts as to whether the food you are about to eat was prepared properly, or has not been properly stored or refrigerated, stay away from it. Example: street vendors, or eating out in foreign countries. It is always better to be safe than sorry.

4.When preparing raw meat or poultry, wash and wipe down anything that has come into contact with it before preparing other food.

5.Always keep meat and poultry, fish, milk, or egg based foods in the fridge. If any of these items are left out of the fridge for too long, it is best not to eat them.

6.Sharing food or drinks with friends or family is a good way to spread infection so think before you share that drink!

In short, the best way to avoid contracting gastroenteritis is to be aware of your surroundings, and to stay clean and healthy. A person who eats healthy foods, exercises regularly and is cautious about cleanliness is less likely to be infected by gastroenteritis than someone who is not.

Just life your life the best way you possibly can!

*These measures are not foolproof, but definitely worth implementing into your daily life.

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