Diarrhea is defined as an increase in frequency of defecation and or a change in the consistency of the stool. Usually described as watery, loose and mucoid. It is also important to note for signs of blood in the stools. A reddish or pinkish discoloration may suggest the presence of blood.
The Condition is almost always due to infectious etiologies, viruses are top on the list especially in infants and children. Bacterial origins like salmonella, shigella, vibrio, protozoans like amoeba and some intestinal parasites can also cause diarrhea.
Treatment is very simple, the disease may cause extensive fluid losses thru the bowels which can cause dehydration and if left unchecked, can result to complications like kidney failure.... So it is very important to replace lost fluids and electrolytes as soon as possible.
Oresol or oral rehydrating solutions are top on the list, it is a well balanced fluid replacement with adequate amounts and ratios of electrolytes, commercially available sports drinks can also be used but not usually recommended, if you have no choice, then plain water will do temporarily.
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When it comes to DIARRHEA, the first aid drug is FLUIDS, FLUIDS, FLUIDS. Check my article on food poisoning.
For more info or if by chance you have this messy condition, pay a visit to your internist....