Dysentery is a medical condition that is caused by inflammation of the intestine, resulting in diarrhoea with blood. Inflammation of the intestine may be caused by bacteria, virus and parasitic worms. Dysentery is a type of gastrointestinal infection. Symptoms are:
• Frequent loose and watery stools
• Mucus and blood in stools
• Urge to defecate
• Abdominal pain
• Rectal tenesmus
HOW IS DYSENTERY DIAGNOSED?
The general physician will usually carry out the diagnosis with the help of a blood, urine and stool test in the lab so as to find out the type and cause of the condition. An ultrasound and endoscopy may also be conducted for very severe cases.
HOW IS DYSENTERY TREATED?
The treatment includes rehydration therapy where the patient will be asked to drink lots of fluids. Also, antibiotics and amoebicidal medication can be prescribed to kill the bacterium that has caused the condition. Proper hygiene can prevent this condition.
DID YOU KNOW?
The complications include liver abscess and dehydration.