The Facts About Diarrhea

Diarrhea can be an unpleasant and uncomfortable situation when you don’t know how to treat it. It’s especially inconvenient during those special occasions when you are trying to enjoy yourself and others around you. Many people, when they travel overseas, tend to experience a bit diarrhea due to the change in lifestyle, perhaps because of the local water and food. Rest assured though, there is a diarrhea treatment for every case experienced.

What Causes Diarrhea?

Often times, what causes diarrhea is bacteria and viruses. Many people will experience diarrhea when exposed to food that has been ill prepared in an unsanitary location. It may be that there is a lack of clean filtered water on the premises, therefore exposing not only the people preparing your meals, but yourself as well. In fact, cleanliness is one of the leading factors in the cause of diarrhea, which is why you see outbreaks of food poisoning so often around the country.

Another cause of diarrhea is a hidden illness only observed and detected by a Medical Doctor. In some cases, the patient may be suffering from a serious disease including:

• dysentery
• cholera
• botulism
• Crohn's disease
• Chemotherapy

All cases of diarrhea are not completely serious, however a person might experience some discomfort. One example is a person who is lactose intolerant, which simply means that you cannot digest lactose due to the lack of the enzyme lactase in the intestinal tract. When some people complain that they are semi lactose intolerant, this means that they do have some lactase present to break down the sugars, but they choose to stay away from dairy just the same.

How Does Diarrhea Affect the Body?

In most cases, diarrhea cases dehydration, upset stomach, and redness is the anal canal. All of these affects are extremely important to treat immediately, however dehydration of the body is by the far the most severe. Dehydration is caused by a lack of electrolytes and liquids in the body causing people to experience symptoms such as:

• Fatigue
• Fever
• Extreme thirst
• Discoloration of the urine due to lack of some the eight constitutes that typically make up the urine including sodium, urea, potassium, phosphate, creatinine, uric acid, and sulfate ions.
• Urine will smell ammonia like due to the bacterial infection.

If any of these symptoms occur in a child or older individual, it is imperative to seek immediate medical attention before the condition gets any worse.

How to Stop Diarrhea

The best way to stop diarrhea is by practicing common sense. Know what your body can handle and prepare yourself for any situation. If you know that you will be traveling and you require special medication, make sure it’s filled before you leave.

Also, if have a tendency to experience diarrhea when eating out, make sure you take precautions before leaving. Whether that includes taking medication, drinking lots of water, or even researching the public health records of a dining establishment, the more you do the more your tummy will thank you.

Traveler’s Diarrhea

Everyone of us loves to travel to new places and experience the culture, however what we don’t expect is to enjoy the culture all the way back home.

The biggest cause of traveler's diarrhea in the world is Escherichia coli, which is simply bacteria that cause watery stool and slight cramps. The presence of viruses may also be present while traveling outside of your surroundings.

How to Prevent Diarrhea

The initial prevention of traveler's diarrhea is quite simple and easy to follow.

• Always carry some anti-diarrhea medicine or tablets.
• When you visit local restaurants always drink bottled water, even if the restaurant is still reputable.
• Avoid fresh fruits and vegetables from local markets that have already been cleaned in the local water or skinned.
• Avoid buffets no matter where they are located. Too many hands in the basket means an entire plate of bacteria.
• Brush your teeth in the hotel with bottled water.


In most cases, diarrhea, while unpleasant as it may be, is necessary to ward off the illness. Make sure you use the correct methods to prevent it, while maintaining an active and healthy lifestyle full of fluid intake and education.

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