Enteritis can be prevented with aggressive natural measures

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Pathogens in the intestine

Enteritis is a condition wherein there is inflammation of the small intestine. Bacterial or viral infections via ingestion cause this condition and can be prevented with natural interventions.

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Enteritis, or inflammation of the small intestine, is a very uncomfortable condition which can be very costly in terms of lost productivity. Although many cases of enteritis resolve without aggressive treatment it's best to practice preventive strategies to avoid this condition.

Microorganisms can cause Irritation and inflammation of the small intestine

Doctors Health Press reports enteritis can be associated with bacterial or viral infections via means of ingestion. Irritation and inflammation of the small intestine is caused from the microorganisms when they enter the small intestine. Travelers and people exposed to contaminated or untreated water and food are at high risk for this condition. Exposure to close family members who are suffering from enteritis also increases the risk.

Autoimmune diseases, trauma, medications, and small bowel overgrowth can also cause enteritis. Autoimmune diseases can be set off by infections, environmental factors, and genetics. Trauma which is associated with invasive procedures and surgery can also cause enteritis. Many prescribed and over-the-counter medications can cause enteritis. And the build-up of bacteria in the small intestine which can be seen with diabetes, Crohn's disease, chronic pancreatitis, injury to the intestine, the use of certain medications and the natural aging process can cause enteritis.

As reported by MedlinePlus the symptoms of enteritis may start within hours or days after you are infected. Symptoms of this condition may include diarrhea, abdominal pain, loss of appetite, blood in the stool and vomiting.

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Dehydration is possible with chronic enteritis

When chronic enteritis is experienced you are at risk for dehydration. Further health complications can result from dehydration without proper treatment. Signs of dehydration to watch out for include excessive thirst, weakness, fatigue and dizziness. Dehydration can also be indicated by changes in your urine color, odor, and output volume.

There may be no treatment necessary with mild cases of enteritis. Although antidiarrheal medicine is sometimes prescribed, it may not always be recommended because it can slow the germs from leaving the intestine. Rehydration with electrolyte solutions may be needed if your body lacks enough fluids. In severe cases medical care and intravenous fluids may be needed. Antibiotics and anti-inflammatory medicines are also sometimes needed.

Good hygiene and careful food preparation along with lifestyle changes can prevent enteritis

Aggressive natural measures can help prevent enteritis. These measures include good hygiene and careful food preparation along with lifestyle changes. Your hands should be washed well prior to and after handling food. When traveling you should avoid drinking water which is not treated. Prior to drinking water from unknown sources, such as streams and outdoor wells, make certain it is boiled. Probiotics may also help.

Clean surfaces should always be used in food preparation. Appropriate temperatures should always be used to cook poultry and meat. Also food should always be stored at appropriate temperatures. Caution should be taken not to buy and consume foods after the expiration date. And you should be careful about the use of over-the-counter medications which may cause inflammation and avoid use of tobacco. Alcohol use should be very limited.

With careful attention to these natural measures of prevention you have a good chance of avoiding enteritis. Avoidance of this condition is associated with a much better quality of life as you maintain productivity and enjoy your leisure time more. So remember to always take the risk of enteritis seriously and take some time to protect yourself from this condition.

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