Viruses, Bacteria and Parasites in the Digestive Tract

Also known as: viruses, bacteria and parasites in the digestive tract.

What are viruses, bacteria and parasites in the digestive tract?

When it comes to bodily infections, viruses, bacteria, and parasites are some of the most common culprits. When this infection impacts a portion of the digestive tract, whether it’s the esophagus, the stomach, or the intestines, it can cause a number of symptoms and complications.
 

What causes viruses, bacteria and parasites in the digestive tract?

Infections of viruses, bacteria and parasites in the digestive tract can come from a variety of sources. Contaminated food and water are common causes, but they can be spread by person-to-person contact as well. Environmental factors, such as contaminated soil or swimming areas, are another possible cause.
 

What are the symptoms of viruses, bacteria and parasites in the digestive tract?

Symptoms can vary based on the infection and area of the gastrointestinal tract that is involved, but common ones include painful or difficult swallowing, cramping, diarrhea, nausea, vomiting, fever, fatigue and other symptoms. Some viruses, bacteria and parasites in the digestive tract can cause severe and life-threatening symptoms.
 

What are viruses, bacteria and parasites in the digestive tract care options?

Preventing the contraction of viruses, bacteria and parasites in the digestive tract through safe food preparation and careful water source selection is an important step. Many bacterial and parasitic infections can be successfully treated with antibiotic or anti-parasitic drugs. Viruses are harder to kill with medications, but some can be of help. Supportive care in the form of rest, fluids, and medication to treat symptoms (such as fever) is also often needed.

Reviewed by: John M Peters, DO

This page was last updated on: 5/29/2018 8:06:01 PM

From the Newsdesk

Nicklaus Children's Expands Pediatric Gastroenterology Services
The Section of Pediatric Gastroenterology at Nicklaus Children's is growing to better meet the needs of our community, we have opened a new office on the hospital's main campus!
Meet Doctor John M. Peters - Pediatric Gastroenterologist
Dr. Peters is employed by Pediatric Specialists of America (PSA), the physician-led group practice of Miami Children’s Health System. He sees patients at the Nicklaus Children's Palm Beach Gardens Outpatient Center and is the PSA Northern Regional Chief, Section of Gastroenterology.