Common Causes of Diarrhea

Diarrhea is truly nerve wracking, especially if you are not in the comfort of your own toilet.

What Causes Diarrhea
Bacteria, a virus or a parasite can cause diarrhea. This trio can be acquired through the following:

• Drinking untreated water
Bacterial and parasitic infections that thrive in untreated water can bring about toilet turmoil. Aside from drinking unsafe water, using it for brushing teeth and washing dishes could also contribute to the infection.

• Consuming unpasteurized dairy products
Dairy products that have not been sterilized can contain Giardia lamblia, a parasite that causes diarrhea.

• Food poisoning
Diarrhea is our body’s defense mechanism whenever it accidentally ingests a toxin. It is the body’s way of cleaning up the infection that these the toxin produces

• Excessive and unprescribed use of laxatives

• Malabsorption problem and some types of cancer

• Lactose Intolerance and related food digestion problems

• Alcohol abuse

• Allergies to certain foods

Most cases of diarrhea are mild and can be treated at home. But if the condition worsens and persists for several days, it is imperative to seek medical help. Diarrhea may lead to dehydration. Signs associated with severe diarrhea are blood or mucus in stool, weight loss, and fever especially in children.

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