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Gastro intestinal illnesses

Gastro intestinal illnesses
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Gastro intestinal illnesses

Gastro intestinal illnesses are very common. Some may only last for a day or two, such as short stints of diarrhoea, vomiting or constipation, while other are long term or chronic, such as irritable bowel syndrome, coeliac disease and Crohn’s disease. Below are links to more information about causes, symptoms and treatments, or use the healthdirect Symptom Checker to check your symptoms.

A gluten free diet can help manage coeliac disease or gluten intolerance.

Coeliac disease

Coeliac disease is one cause of ‘gluten intolerance’. Find out how it can affect your life and why it’s important to get diagnosed.

Constipation affects people of all ages.


Constipation means having difficulty passing stool (poo). It is very common, affecting people of all ages from babies, to children and adolescents, to...

Crohn's disease and colitis are both types of inflammatory bowel disease.

Crohn's disease and colitis

Crohn's disease and colitis cause are types of inflammatory bowel diseases that affect the digestive tract. Find out about causes, symptoms and treatm...

Diarrhoea loose, watery stools occurring more than three times in one day.


Diarrhoea can last only a few days or be a sign of something else. Find out about causes, symptoms, diagnosis and treatments.

Child vomiting in a bucket.

Diarrhoea and vomiting in children

These helpful tips can explain some of the causes of diarrhoea and vomiting in children and show you how to alleviate the symptoms.



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Gastroenteritis (gastro) is an infection of the gut that can cause diarrhoea and vomiting. Learn about gastro symptoms and how you can treat them.

GORD can affect children and adults but can be treated with lifestyle changes.

GORD (reflux)

Learn more about symptoms and treatment options for Gastro-oesophageal reflux disease (GORD) that is caused by stomach acid leaking into the oesophagu...

Abdominal pain is one symptom of irritable bowel syndrome.

Irritable bowel syndrome

IBS develops in as many as one in five Australians at some point in their lifetime. Here are what symptoms to look out for.

Vomiting is the body's way of ridding itself of harmful substances.


Vomiting in adults is usually not a sign of anything serious and tends to only last one or two days. Learn the causes and when to seek medical advice.

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A guide to irritable bowel syndrome Dietitians Association of Australia

A guide to irritable bowel syndrome Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is a condition of the digestive system that may result in a variety of uncomfortable symptoms

Read more on Dietitians Association of Australia website

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