Diarrhoea & Loose Stools

When stools are loose, watery, mushy or shapeless, it is referred as loose stools. Loose stools experienced frequently over 2-3 days is referred to as diarrhoea. This condition is generally not very serious and is easily treatable using OTC medicines. Frequent passage of watery stools and inadequate in take of water can cause dehydration. Diarrhoea is also a part of Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS).

Bloating
Cramps
Frequent passing of loose stools
An urgent feel to pass motions
Nausea and vomiting
Blood or mucus in stool (in severe cases)
Fever (in severe cases)
Weight loss (in severe cases)
Stomach infection or food poisoning due to bacteria or other microorganisms
Over dosage of laxative
Over consumption of alcohol
Crohn’s disease or Ulcerative colitis
Consumption of foods that do not agree with the digestive system
Allergies to certain foods
Intolerance to some nutrients in terms of absorption
Diabetes
Medications
Hyperthyroidism
Radiation therapy or chemotherapy
Certain type of cancers
Running causing runner’s diarrhoea
Surgery on your digestive system

Treatment of Diarrhoea & Loose Stools

Diarrhoea can be treated through simple OTC drugs or in severe cases requires intervention by a gastroenterologist or a general physician to combat loose stools and dehydration through intravenous drugs and fluids.

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