Where do stomach ache and diarrhea come from?
How often we go to the toilet is an individual matter. Some people visit the toilet several times a day, others once a week. This most often depends on how fast a person's intestines are working. Diarrhea occurs when there is a significant increase in the frequency of passing stools. In addition, during ailments, the consistency of the stools is liquid or semi-liquid. In some cases, diarrhea may be accompanied by abdominal pain. Both diarrhea and abdominal pain are not diseases in themselves. The appearance of diarrhea is a sign that the gut is getting rid of bacteria, parasites or viruses.
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1. What are the types of stomach pain and diarrhea?
There are several types of diarrhea. The most common are:
• Acute diarrhea with abdominal pain and cramps, and you often have a sudden urge to pass stools. Sometimes vomiting is also present with acute diarrhea. In acute diarrhea, vomiting may occur and the risk of dehydration increases. Acute diarrhea usually lasts three to ten days. Then there is usually no risk of dehydration. On the other hand, when diarrhea lasts more than ten days, the risk of dehydration increases significantly. The same is true for children under three years of age, as well as for the elderly. In these cases, the risk of dehydration as a result of diarrhea is greater. Dehydration most often manifests itself with a feeling of dry mouth and less urine output. The most common causes of acute diarrhea are viral infections, bacterial infections, and sometimes fungal infections.
• Chronic diarrhea. It lasts more than ten days and can often last up to a month. It is usually accompanied by weight loss and anemia. The most common cause of this type of diarrhea in women is excessive use of laxatives. Prolonged diarrhea is also associated with some diseases such as: pancreatic disease, liver disease, diabetes, intestinal blood supply disorders, intestinal parasites, and ulcerative colitis.
• False diarrhea. Its characteristic feature is the increase in the frequency of passing stools, with the stool having the correct consistency. It is often accompanied by strong abdominal cramps.
• Travelers' diarrhea. It usually lasts four to five days and can occur when we come back from a long or exotic trip. It is often accompanied by abdominal cramps, as well as vomiting and fever. People who travel to developing countries are the most likely to suffer from travelers' diarrhea. Children under five are also at high risk of developing this type of diarrhea.
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2. The causes of diarrhea and abdominal pain
There can be many causes of diarrhea and the abdominal pain that often accompanies it. The most common are bacteria and viruses that cause gastrointestinal infections. Other very popular causes include: eating too cold and hot foods, mercury or mushroom poisoning. Some medications, digestive diseases, and stress can also cause diarrhea.
Most often, diarrhea is not serious. In most cases it passes by itself. Regardless, however, it should never be underestimated. Diarrhea can be very serious, especially when it is long-lasting. In this case, it is best to see a doctor who will be able to determine the cause of the diarrhea. Your doctor will prescribe the appropriate treatment. The usual treatment for diarrhea is to take oral probiotics and keep your body properly hydrated. In the case of severe dehydration, irrigation is most often done intravenously.