Ailments & Remedies

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Diarrhoea

 

Overview

Diarrhoea is a dehydrating condition of passing liquid or loose bowel movements very frequently. The constant excretory process takes away high quantities of water, essential nutrients, electrolytes and body salts. Rehydration is necessary for recovery.

 

Causes

Acute diarrhoea can be caused by a viral or bacterial infection. Chronic diarrhoea may be due to Irritable Bowel Syndrome or Crohn’s disease and it needs attention by a doctor. Overeating, eating of foods that do not agree with one’s digestion, putrefaction of food in the intestines and incomplete carbohydrate digestion are other factors that may cause diarrhea. Excessive use of laxatives may also lead to the problem of diarrhea. Contaminated water, reused oils and stale foods could be the major causes of diarrhea in many cases.  Stressed out persons may not be able to digest food properly and this may lead to diarrhea. Other than food and water, many viruses and parasites can cause diarrhea. Lactose intolerance in infants could lead to diarrhea.

 

Symptoms

The symptoms of diarrhea are loose motions that may be accompanied with accumulation of gas in the abdomen, acute cramping, pain in the stomach, rumbling sound in the abdomen and aversion to food. The bowel movements are loose and watery with a feeling of vomiting. The patient may also have a headache or fever. Dull skin and thirst because of dehydration may be other visible symptoms.

 

Diagnosis

If the diarrhea continues for a long period, one should consult a doctor. The doctor will do a thorough examination of the patient and assess the situation after finding out the detailed medical history of the patient. Tests or procedure may be suggested by the doctor to make a correct evaluation of the problem.

 

Treatment

Rehydration is recommended to recover from diarrhoea. A nutritionist can be consulted to bring about the necessary changes in the diet which may alleviate the condition. Homeopathic medicine may give relief. Anti diarrhoea drugs may also be given by the doctor to stop the loose motions.



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