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Diarrhoea - A Quick Read

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Have you been passing stool more frequently than usual?
Has the stool become looser and more liquid than before?


What is diarrhoea?
  • having watery or loose bowel movements more frequently than the usual daily routine.
Signs and Symptoms
  • accompanying abdominal pains and cramps
  • nausea
  • fever
  • bloating and uneasy stomach
  • feeling weak
  • stool passed is watery and loose
  • more frequent stool passed upto more than 3 times in a day
  • stool may also contain mucus or pus with blood and accompanied by fat
Causes:
  • infections - viral, bacterial or parasites
  • dietary changes
  • food intolerance or allergy
  • excessive alcohol 
  • Underlying disease conditions
  • medicines
  • travelling to different place / country
  • anxiety
  • excessive glucose consumption either directly or in food sources

Affected and risk group
  • IBS patients
  • Inflammatory bowel disease patients

Treatment
  • Oral rehydration salts
  • Anti-diarrhoeals (if advised)
  • Bulking agents

Prevention
  • Improve hygiene practices
  • Wash and clean toilet properly after bout of diarrhoea
  • Avoid sharing personal utensils with others

Lifestyle Adaptations
  • Wash hands properly before consuming food
  • Wash hands properly after visiting toilet.
  • Boil tap water where possible if unsafe
  • Consume properly cooked food

Complications
  • Dehydration
  • fatigued and weakened
  • dizziness and light headed
  • decreased urine production
  • blood in stool
  • associated vomiting
  • severe pains
  • sudden weight loss
  • discoloration of stool










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