Stomach flu in Panama? Here’s all you need to know!

When we’re talking about the stomach flu (gastroenteritis), we’re talking about inflammation of the inner lining of the stomach, and/or the small and large intestine, it can be very uncomfortable.

Even more so in a tropical climate like Panama!

So, If you are suffering from gastroenteritis for a short duration, usually less than 4 weeks or chronic gastroenteritis long duration, or more than 4 weeks, it’s a good idea to seek medical attention. 

Dr. Kyo-Sai Young - Integral Health, located in Chame can offer a diagnosis and treatment plan that can alleviate pain and speed up the recovery process. 

Identifying Causes of Gastroenteritis

There are many causes, although there are some very common ones

* Viral infection

* Bacterial infection

* Parasitic infection

* Medicines

* Toxins

* Hypersensitivity to certain foods

* Dysbiosis

In our environment in Panama, the most common is viral.  

Symptoms of Gastroenteritis

The onset is usually sudden and the symptoms will depend on the strength of the infection and the person’s resistance. And they can last an average of 2 weeks (sometimes more depending on the person’s defenses)

* loss of appetite

* nausea

* vomiting

Not everyone has all the symptoms or the same intensity.

* audible bowel sounds (borborygmus)

* cramps

*visible blood and mucus in stool

* abdominal distension (swelling)

* abdominal pain

* fever

* general discomfort

* myalgias (muscular pain)

* fatigue

* nasal congestion

* runny nose (runny nose)

* Itchy throat

* cough

* weightloss

Diagnosis of Gastroenteritis

It is essentially clinical, or in some some occasions, especially when we find resistance to treatment, blood and stool tests are indicated. In very compromising cases we will need an internal examination with a sigmoidoscope.

Complications of Gastroenteritis

* dehydration

* Electrolyte imbalance

* Hypotension (low blood pressure)

* Bradycardia (slow heartbeat)

* Hypovolemic shock (low amount of fluids in the body)

* Renal failure

Treatment of Gastroenteritis

* Fluids and rehydration solutions

* Drugs according to clinical findings

* Probiotics according to medical evaluation

Whatever its cause or course, it is important to remember that it is not always self-regulating. A large percentage of people with Gastroenteritis require medical treatment in order to recover their natural function.

If you think you might have Gastroenteritis, contact Dr. Kyo-Sai Young - Integral Health here.