Adult Diarrhoea

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Adult Diarrhoea

Understanding The Medical Condition:

Diarrhoea is a condition that results in the patient’s bowel movements (stools) becoming loose and watery. This is a fairly common condition, and in most cases is not a serious one. In most cases, people suffer from this condition once or twice in a year, with the symptoms lasting for around 2-3 days. In some cases, though, this condition can last much longer, and can lead to a host of complications if not treated promptly. Let’s look at this medical condition in a little more detail.

Symptoms of Adult Diarrhoea:  

Some of the common symptoms associated with this condition include:

  • Bloating in the patient’s belly
  • Persistent and painful cramps
  • Thin or loose stools
  • Watery stools
  • An urgent feeling that you need to have a bowel movement
  • Nausea and throwing up

In more serious cases, symptoms can include:

  • Blood or mucus found in the patient’s stool
  • Weight loss
  • Fever

If the patient is suffering from this condition, and passes stools more than three times a day, and is not drinking enough fluids, this condition can become more complicated, leading to dehydration.

Causes of Adult Diarrhoea:

In most cases, a patient may suffer from diarrhoea due to a virus infection in the intestines. However, there are other causes for this disorder, which includes:

  • Alcohol abuse
  • Allergic reaction to certain foods
  • Diabetes
  • Diseases of the intestines
  • Eating food items that can upset the digestive system
  • Infection due to bacteria
  • Laxative abuse
  • Medications
  • Overactive thyroid (hyperthyroidism)
  • Radiation therapy
  • Some types of cancers
  • Surgery on your digestive system
  • Trouble absorbing certain nutrients, also called “malabsorption”

In many cases, Diarrhoea can be follow closely on the heels of constipation, in particular for patients who suffer from irritable bowel syndrome.

Treatment of Adult Diarrhoea:

In cases where mild diarrhoea is faced, the patient need not take any form of treatment, as the condition will pass on its own in a few days. In order to combat the symptoms of this disorder, though, you can take the help of over-the-counter medication like bismuth subsalicylate or loperamide. One of the most important things to keep in mind, though, is to keep yourself well hydrated.

The Apollo Clinic Experience:

Adult diarrhoea, in most cases, can be a painful disorder to suffer from. At Apollo Clinic, our doctors understand this, and are ready to support you with medical help to help alleviate the pain caused by these symptoms. Get in touch with one of our specialists today, if you have blood in your diarrhoea, a high fever, nausea or vomiting, severe pain in your abdomen or rectum or may be suffering from any symptoms of dehydration. 

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