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Medically reviewed by Last updated on May 6, 2024.

What is enteritis and what causes it?

Enteritis is inflammation of the small intestine. The following may cause enteritis:

What are the signs and symptoms of enteritis?

How is enteritis diagnosed?

Your healthcare provider will examine you and ask about your medical conditions, medicines, or recent treatments. The provider will ask about your symptoms and when they started. Tell your provider if you if you have traveled to a foreign country recently. You may also need a blood or bowel movement sample tested for the germ causing your enteritis.

How is enteritis treated and managed?

Treatment for enteritis depends on the cause. Enteritis may get better on its own, or you may need any of the following:

How can I help prevent enteritis?

Enteritis that is caused by bacteria, parasites, or viruses can be prevented. The following may help to prevent this type of enteritis:

When should I seek immediate care?

When should I contact my healthcare provider?

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