Diarrhea symptoms can be very discomforting. It can also be as a result of so many factors, with their presenting symptom listed below.
Diarrhea is a rapid movement of fecal matter in the intestine. It is a loose, watery bowel movement which is as a result of some illness, intestinal problems, food poisoning, indigestion, sensitivity to food and also laxatives.
It usually stops on its own. And when it last for up to a week, some medical investigation should also be done.
While suffering from diarrhea, you are also advised to take lots of fluid so as to replace the lost fluid. Some over-the-counter drugs can also help to reduce the discomfort.
Diarrhea is caused when there is a rapid movement in the intestine whereby ingested foods and fluid passes too fast and in large quantity. It is also caused by a virus that infects the gut.
Factors that can also cause diarrhea include:
- Some drugs
- Being lactose intolerant
- Other digestive disorder e.g crohn’s diseases.
- Viral Gastroenteritis
- Also being allergic to some healthy foods
- Ulcerative colitis
- Celiac disease (Gluten intolerance)
- Crohn disease
- Colonic polyps
- Colorectal cancer
- Necrotizing enterocolitis
- Salmonella food poisoning
- Diabetic neuropathy
- Premenstrual syndrome
- Radiation therapy
Diarrhea symptoms also include the following;
- Frequent, loose and watery stools
- Abdominal cramps
- Abdominal pain
- Nausea and vomiting
- Passing loose stool
- An urgent feeling to use the toilet
- Bloating of the stomach
- Weight loss.
Diarrhea symptoms can also be severe with symptoms like blood in stool. This diarrhea symptom should be given serious medical attention when it occurs.
The best diets to take when having diarrhea is a bland diet. This is because they do no irritate the stomach. Both adults and children can also take a bland diet. Examples of some bland diets include:
- Banana; the potassium found in banana is good for replacing lost nutrients
- Boiled potatoes
- An applesauce
TREATMENTS AND DRUGS FOR DIARRHEA SYMPTOMS
Most cases of diarrhea resolve on their own in a couple of days. Within a couple of days without any treatment. Drugs that can be taken include:
- Treatment by replacing fluids lost
- Treating the underlying disease
- And by adjusting your medications.