What is enteritis?
Enteritis is inflammation of the small intestine. Enteritis is most often caused by eating or drinking things that are contaminated with bacteria or viruses. The germs settle in the small intestine and cause inflammation and swelling. Enteritis may also be caused by:
What are the treatment options for enteritis?
Enteritis treatment depends on the cause and severity. Mild cases of viral enteritis may not require any treatment other than staying hydrated and resting. Enteritis due to bacteria or parasites may require medications to treat the infection. See your doctor if symptoms of enteritis last for more than 2 to 3 days.
When should I seek medical attention for enteritis?
However, if you have symptoms of enteritis for more than three or four days, or you suspect that you have bacterial enteritis, seek medical attention. Symptoms of enteritis can start anywhere from a few hours to a few days after infection. Symptoms may include: There are several different types of enteritis:
What is enteritis caused by poor blood flow?
enteritis related to poor blood flow enteritis related to inflammatory conditions, such as Crohn’s disease or ulcerative colitis Symptoms of enteritis can include fever, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, and abdominal pain. Viral enteritis usually clears up without treatment in a few days.