Diarrhoea is a condition that is associated with loose, watery bowel movements. Though very common and causing a lot of discomfort, the condition is not serious and requires some diet control to get better quickly. Symptoms include abdominal pain, bloating and cramps along with the loose, watery stools. In severe cases, there can be blood or mucous discharged along with the stools. Weight loss and fever are also sometimes associated with diarrhoea.
HOW IS DIARRHOEA DIAGNOSED?
The diagnosis will usually be done by a general physician who will take blood, stool and urine samples to put them through lab tests that will point at the cause of the condition. In severe cases, the doctor may also conduct an ultrasound and other imaging tests in case the loose motions are a side effect of an even more serious ailment.
HOW IS DIARRHOEA TREATED?
In case of mild diarrhoea, there is no need for any treatment. The condition will subside on its own in about 2 or 3 days. There are many over the counter medications such as bismuth subsalicylate (Pepto-Bismol, Kaopectate) or loperamide (Imodium) that are very effective.