Diarrhea or loose motions are characterised by frequent and loose stools, as well as fever and fatigue. This condition may be caused due to food poisoning and can even cause complications like dehydration. It may be caused by a virus or bacteria.
HOW IS DIARRHOEA DIAGNOSED?
Diarrhea is usually diagnosed by the appearance of the symptoms, and no tests may need to be ordered. In some cases a doctor may order a stool culture, blood tests, a colonoscopy, or imaging tests such as X-rays or CT scans to determine an underlying cause.
HOW IS DIARRHOEA TREATED?
In most cases, diarrhea can be treated at home and it will resolve itself in a few days. Drink plenty of fluids, and follow the ""BRAT"" diet (bananas, rice, applesauce, and toast) to help ease symptoms. Take care to ensure infants and children stay hydrated. Electrolyte solutions such as Pedialyte can be helpful.
DID YOU KNOW?
The causes of diarrhea can be:
• Alcohol abuse
• Allergies to certain foods
• Diseases of the intestines (such as Crohn's disease or ulcerative colitis)
• Eating foods that upset the digestive system
• Infection by bacteria (the cause of most types of food poisoning) or other organisms
• Laxative abuse
• Overactive thyroid (hyperthyroidism)
• Radiation therapy
• Running (Some people get “runner’s diarrhea”)
• Some cancers
• Surgery on your digestive system