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Will bacterial gastroenteritis go away on its own?

I am a 20 year old female. I want to know if bacterial gastroenteritis will go away on its own?

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It usually clears up by itself within a week or so. However, the patient may need plenty of fluids which is lost during the vomiting and diarrhea phase. Your health care provider will ask for stool and blood sample to find the possible etiology. Food that you can eat is pasta, rice, lean meat, eggs, Fresh fruits, and sugar free cereal. Antibiotics like amoxicillin, clarithromycin (Biaxin), metronidazole (Flagyl), tetracycline (Sumycin), or tinidazole (tindamax). Also, antiacid medications. Consult your health care provider. Thank you.
Yes, most bacterial infections of the gut are self-limited.
Usually gastroenteritis is viral. If you know is bacterial based on a stool culture, you may need treatment depending on what bacteria is identified.
Depends on the bacterial type. Please check with your physician.

Hope all is well.
Yes, usually it does. Hydration and good nutrition help the most.
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Bacterial gastroenteritis frequently, but not always, requires a short course of antibiotics followed by 7 days of high quality probiotics. Some people with an excellent immune system will not need antibiotics, others will low defenses from chemotherapy, AIDS, and other immune deficiency conditions will likely require a long course of antibiotics.
It depends on the type of bacteria that is causing your symptoms. For example, if you have c. difficile infection it has to be treated with antibiotics in order to eradicate the bacteria.