What is diarrhea?
Diarrhea is loose, watery stools, containing undigested food or pus. Having diarrhea means passing stool four times a day or more.
Acute diarrhea may have more frequent restroom time, last 1 or 2 days. Medical attention is needed to make sure no serious diseases underlined, but sometimes it goes away on its own. Chronic diarrhea symptoms may be continual or they may come and go.
Diarrhea of any duration may cause dehydration, which means the body lacks enough fluid and electrolytes.
The most common causes of diarrhea include the following:
Bacterial infections. Contaminated food or water can cause diarrhea. Common bacterial types include Campylobacter, Salmonella, Shigella, and Escherichia coli (E. coli).
Viral infections. Many viruses cause diarrhea, including rotavirus, norovirus, cytomegalovirus, herpes simplex virus, and viral hepatitis. Problems digesting lactose can last much longer.
Parasites. Parasites that cause diarrhea include Giardia lamblia, Entamoeba, histolytica, and Cryptosporidium.
Functional bowel disorders. Diarrhea can be a symptom of irritable bowel syndrome.
Intestinal diseases. Inflammatory bowel disease, ulcerative colitis, Crohn disease, and celiac disease often lead to diarrhea.
Food intolerances and sensitivities. Unarguable food, or ingredients may cause the upset of the stomach.
Reaction to medicines. Antibiotics, cancer drugs, and antacids containing magnesium can all cause imbalance of flora in the colon, resulting in diarrhea.
Traveler’s diarrhea can be a problem for people traveling to developing countries in Africa, Asia, Latin America, and the Caribbean.
Diarrhea is usually not very harmful; however, it may be an indication of serious GI diseases, medical attention may be necessary, but if it goes away within 1 or 2 days that will be fine.
In many cases, the cause of diarrhea cannot be found, whereas one of most often seen cases is caused by the imbalance of the colon flora. Colon Hydrotherapy can contribute to colon cleansing, rebuilding colon health and maintaining overall health.
Adults with any of the following symptoms should see a medical doctor:
signs of dehydration
diarrhea for more than 2 days
severe pain in the abdomen or rectum
a fever of 102 degrees or higher
stools containing blood or pus
stools that are black and tarry