Diarrhoea is passing looser or more frequent stools than is normal for you. It affects most people from time to time and is usually nothing to worry about. However, it can be distressing and unpleasant until it passes, which normally takes a few days to a week.
Diarrhea may be acute or chronic. Any diarrhea lasting more thana couple of weeks (>3 weeks) is termed as chronic diarrhea. Acute diarrhea may is caused generally by infectious casuses
Diarrhoeas lasting for more than 2 weeks require detailed evaluation by a gastroenterologist. It is important to find the cause to be effectively treat these diarrhoeas. The various causes of these diarrhoeas include Inflammatory bowel disease, Celiac disease, tropical sprue and causes like irritable bowel syndrome
Diarrhoea can lead to dehydration, so you should drink plenty of fluids – small, frequent sips of water – until it passes. It’s very important that babies and small children do not become dehydrated.
Oral rehydration salts are important way of maintaining hydration.You should eat solid food as soon as you feel able to.
Medications to reduce diarrhoea, such as loperamide, are available but may prolong diarrhea in some cases.
It’s important to see your doctor if the diarrhoea is particularly frequent or severe, or associated with other symptoms, such as:
It is important to see your doctor in case of chronic diarrheas lasting more than three weeks
Diarrhoea is often caused by an infection. You can reduce your risk by making sure you maintain high standards of hygiene.
For example, you should:
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