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Diarrhoea

According to WHO diarrhoea is defined as having three or more loose or liquid stools per day, or as having more stools than is normal for that person. Many people also define diarrhoea as an increased frequency or decreased consistency of stool. It effects most of the people at some or other time
According to WHO diarrhoea is defined as having three or more loose or liquid stools per day, or as having more stools than is normal for that person. Many people also define diarrhoea as an increased frequency or decreased consistency of stool. It effects most of the people at some or other time.

Diarrhoea can be acute or chronic in nature depending upon history

Acute Diarrhoea: Acute diarrhoea is the sudden onset of three or more stools per day , continued for less than fifteen days. Intestinal infection is the most common cause of acute diarrhoea.

Chronic Diarrhoea: Chronic diarrhoea lasts for four weeks or it may continue even more than this.it can be caused by pathology of intestine like inflammatory bowel disease. Systemic disease like AIDS Have diarrhoea for more than three months.

 

Causes of diarrhoea

There are many causes of diarrhoea; the most important ones are described below– 

Infection - Infection of intestine by virus, bacteria or parasites , called gastroenteritis is the most common cause of diarrhoea. The infection spreads fom contaminated food or water or from infected individuals.
Food Poisoning - Eating rotten food or old foods can cause diarrhoea.
Tropical Diseases - Diseases such as typhoid and cholera clinically present with diarrhoea as a symptom. Cholera has typical rice water stool and Pea Soup diarrhoea is characteristic symptom of typhoid fever.

Over consumption of alcohol
Emotional Stress or anxiety
Teething Diarrhoea in children - Most of the children suffer from frequent stools and irritability while teething.
Few medicines- Antibiotics and antacids may cause diarrhoea in some people
Coeliac Diseases - This reduces the intestine's ability to absorb food.
Hormonal Disorders - Patients suffering from diabetes or hyperthyroidism have chronic diarrhoea.
Lactose Intolerance - The patients have inability to digest the milk sugar lactose and its intake causes diarrhoea.
Inflammatory Bowel Disease ((IBD)
Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)
Toddler's Diarrhoea- Chronic mild diarrhoea in children and toddlers without any obvious cause.

Symptoms of diarrhoea

The associated symptoms of diarrhoea are frequent lose stools along with one or more symptoms listed below:

  • Abdominal Pain.
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Serum bilirubin.
  • Headache
  • Fever
  • Blood or pus in urine
  • Loss of Appetite

When can diarrhoea be dangerous?

Acute diarrhoea can be life threatening to babies and young children. Even the adults should not ignore the symptoms of dehydration. If a child has more than six stools within 24 hours, immediate medical care is recommended.

Prevention of diarrhoea

For preventing diarrhoea prevention of infections that cause diarrhoea by maintaining hi.gh personal hygiene is important. Improved sanitation, clean drinking water, and hand washing with soap are a must to avoid infections. Breastfeeding for at least six months is also recommended for babies as it is rich in antibodies that fight infections. Practicing good food hygiene is equally important. Breastfeeding for at least six months is also recommended for babies as it is rich in antibodies that fight infections.

Management of diarrhoea

Diarrhoea should be managed by taking plenty of fluids to prevent dehydration.  Oral rehydration solution (ORS), which is clean water with modest amounts of salts and sugar, is the treatment of choice. If commercial ORS is not available homemade solution should be given.

Homeopathy medicines of diarrhoea

1. Abrotanum: Diarrhoea alternating constipation. Symptoms are ameliorated by diarrhoea. The patient is emaciated with severe appetite, talkative, angry and chilly
2. Aethuja: Diarrhoea in children with vomiting of curd milk and drowsiness. Appetite after drowsiness then diarrhoea with vomiting in a repeated process.
3. Aloe socotrina: Diarrhoea of children with involuntary stool. Profuse flatus. Fullness in rectum.
Altemating diarrhoea and constipation, or backache and headache. Diarrhoea aggravated after eating and morning.
4. Apocynum: Diarrhoea in dropsy or alternating with dropsy. Scanty urine and perspiration. The patient is. chilly and aggravated from cold water.
5. Calc carb: Profuse white discharge with sour odour sweating on head and craving for eggs and aversion to milk. The patient is fat, phlegmatic, chilly and fearful.
6. Carbo veg: Cadaverous smelling stools followed by burning, itching and gnawing in rectum. Distension of abdomen, amel. by eructation. Agg. from milk. Desires for salt and sweets. The patient has perspiration with collapse and craving for air. Tendency to buming sensation and haemorrhage durmg Collapse.
7. Chamomilla: Green stool, like chopped eggs. The patient. is quarrelsome, angry, weepy, oversensitive and Chilly
8. China: Diarrhoea after eating fruits. Stool, painless undigested, frothy and yellow. Flatulence, dyspepsia and oedema. The patient is susceptible to affect and weakness from loss of vital fluids.
9. Colocynth: Diarrhoea comes after eating or drinking, accompanied by colic and vomiting.
Diarrhoea from anger. Colic ameliorated by bending down and pressure.
10. Podophyllum: Profuse watery discharge with offensive odour like a rotten egg with intense thirst of cold water. Diarrhoea aggravated in moming. The patient has tendency to alternative diarrhoea and constipation, or diarrhoea and headache.
11. Pulsatilla: Always change the colour of stool with offensive odour and thirstlessness. Tongue white coated and tastelessness. The patient is weepy and susceptible to hot.
12. Rheum: Diarrhoea during difficult dentition, child peevish, restless and sour odour of stool and perspiration. The patient is weepy at night. Profuse perspiration.
13. Sulphur: Diarrhoea after midnight and in the morning, with painless, driving the patient out of bed. Stool with sour odour or offensive. Agg. from milk. Desires for sweets and aversion to milk. The patient is susceptible to hot, restless, uncleanness and untidy. Buming sensation on sole, palm and vertex.
14. Veratrum album: Profuse draining discharge which is very painful, watery and forcibly evacuated, followed by great prostration with sweat on forehead. Severe thirst. Craving for ice and sour foods.

Updated: February, 17 2015

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