Dysentery is a condition that causes the inflammation of the intestines and affects the colon specifically. It can lead to loose motions or diarrhoea with blood or mucus discharge. It can be of two types: bacillary or amoebic. Dysentery is caused by bacteria or protozoan. The symptoms include fever, nausea, loose motions, fatigue and pain in the abdomen.
HOW IS DYSENTERY DIAGNOSED?
Apart from the clearly evident symptoms like blood in the stool, the general physician may also conduct a stool test to check the kind of bacteria that is causing this problem in the first place.
HOW IS DYSENTERY TREATED?
Treatment for dysentery includes providing the patient with ample liquid solutions that are laden with glucose, including ORS for kids. Along with apt hydration a BRAT diet, which includes barley, rice, applesauce and toast. Medications to ease fever, pain and control the motions are also provided.
DID YOU KNOW?
The complications include liver abscess and dehydration.