Symptoms

Diarrhoea

Symptoms:

  • Frequent loose or watery bowel movements
  • Abdominal cramps or pain
  • Nausea
  • Urgency to have a bowel movement

Description:

  • Diarrhoea is a common condition characterized by loose, watery stools occurring more frequently than usual. It can be acute (lasting a few days) or chronic (lasting weeks to months).

Treatment:

  • Fluid replacement: Drink plenty of fluids, such as water, broth, or oral rehydration solutions, to prevent dehydration.
  • Dietary adjustments: Avoid spicy, fatty, and high-fiber foods until symptoms improve. Stick to bland foods like bananas, rice, applesauce, and toast (BRAT diet).
  • Over-the-counter medications: Anti-diarrhoeal medications like loperamide (Imodium) can help reduce diarrhea symptoms. However, these should be used with caution and only under the guidance of a healthcare professional, especially in cases of bacterial or parasitic infections.
  • Antibiotics: If diarrhoea is caused by a bacterial infection, antibiotics may be prescribed.
  • Probiotics: These can help restore the balance of gut bacteria and alleviate symptoms, especially in cases of antibiotic-associated diarrhea.
  • Rest: Get plenty of rest to help your body recover and conserve energy.

It’s important to consult a healthcare professional if diarrhoea persists for more than a couple of days, is accompanied by severe abdominal pain or fever, or if there are signs of dehydration such as dry mouth, dark urine, or dizziness.

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