Badminton ace Saina Nehwal hospitalised with ‘acute gastroenteritis’
Ace badminton player Saina Nehwal has been hospitalised after being diagnosed with ‘acute gastroenteritis’ with mild pancreatitis. The former world number one recently posted on Instagram that she was facing acute pain since March 11, and that she managed to play a couple of matches in the All England championship while enduring a lot of pain. Saina also mentioned that she has decided to skip the Swiss Open and return to India for treatment. Saina said her doctors recommended that she get admitted.
According to various medical journals, acute gastroenteritis is defined as a diarrheal disease of rapid onset. It may or may not show symptoms such as nausea, vomiting or even abdominal pain. There’s no proper definition of the disease available but reports said that one of its effects include an increase in stool frequencies. The disease can make a person dehydrated. Signs of dehydration include dry skin and a dry mouth. WebMD reports that it can make people feel lightheaded and very thirsty.
Also known as the stomach flu, gastroenteritis is the result of an inflammation of the stomach and intestines, which can be caused by parasites, viruses or bacteria. WebMD mentions that the most common cause of gastroenteritis is a virus. The disease can be triggered by viruses such as rotavirus and norovirus.
Gastroenteritis can spread when people come in contact with anyone who has the virus, through contaminated water, or through unwashed hands after using the loo. Saina was last seen in action during the All England Championship series following a 15-21 19-21 quarter-final defeat to Tai Tzu Ying. The disease reportedly forced a poor performance from her during a match in Birmingham. With Saina bowing out of the Swiss tournament, she'll miss out on claiming the trophy for the third time.