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Diarrhea - Symptoms and Treatment


Diarrhea is a condition in which there is frequent evacuation of watery stools commonly the result of intestinal infection. Acute diarrhea goes away in a few weeks, and becomes chronic when it lasts longer than 4 weeks. It can be due to infection, food poisoning,colitis or gastrointestinal tumor. It is a common problem that may last a few days and disappear on its own.

Causes of Diarrhea

Following are the major causes of diarrhea :

1) Bacterial infection: Due to eating contaminated food or drinks or living in non hygenic conditions.

2) Nervous diarrhea mainly due to mental stress

3) Viruses and parasites

4) Medications and artificial sweeteners

5) Surgery or other digestive disorders

Symptoms of Diarrhea

Symptoms include:

1)Frequent, loose, watery stools
2)Abdominal cramps
3)Abdominal pain
4)Fever
5)Blood in the stool
6)Bloating

Treatment of Diarrhea

Diarrhea is a natural way for your body to rid itself of toxins. So stopping this process of cleaning of food poisoning elements from body may lead to serious complications. But your doctor likely will advise you to take steps to replace the fluids and salts lost during diarrhea. Antibiotics may help but they won't help in viral diarrhea. Traditional treatment for diarrhea includes a balance of liquid, nutrients and medication.Special care should be taken to reduce the chances of dehydration and necessary minerals lost in diarrhea.

 


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