Dehydration is a serious complication of fluid loss associated with vomiting and/or diarrhea. In fact dehydration can lead to death. It is one of the main complications associated with vomiting and diarrhea and one of the primary reasons for fatal outcomes with these conditions, particularly in children. In the large majority of cases, dehydration can be prevented. Unfortunately many people do not know the facts about how to rehydrate properly, when to start and what to use to prevent dehydration.
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As the cooler months of the year approach, the stomach flu season starts up in the United States. It starts as early as October and ends around April each year, usually peaking in January. The stomach flu is an acute viral infection marked by profuse diarrhea, sometimes vomiting, nausea, abdominal cramps and a fever. The symptoms usually last for 2 to 3 days and do not require treatment. However, the duration and approach to managing the stomach flu largely depends on the cause. While the stomach flu itself is not dangerous, the complications such as dehydration can be deadly if not properly managed.
A queasy stomach is one way of describing a host of gastrointestinal symptoms from nausea, indigestion and bloating to cramps, flatulence and sometimes even diarrhoea. As a non-medical term, a queasy stomach may mean different things to different people but the underlying intention is to describe that “all is not well” with the digestive tract. It is difficult to isolate these sensations specifically to the stomach and may include the bowels or esophagus as well. Often it is related to food – either starting after eating or when a person is hungry.
Nausea is a common symptom that is present in a wide range of conditions. It is a feeling of wanting to vomit or being ‘sick in the stomach’ as is commonly described. Most of us think that nausea is related to problems with digestive tract. While digestive conditions do account for vast majority of nausea incidents in life, sometimes nausea stems from hormonal problems, injury to the head, medication and certain toxins. It is always important to find the exact cause of nausea, especially if it is persistent or comes and goes on a frequent basis. Without treating the root cause, remedying nausea may at best only offer short term relief.
There are many different types of bowel conditions but IBS and IBD are among the two most common. These are two conditions are often confused with each other. Despite the commonality in location and some symptoms between both conditions, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) and inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) are two entirely separate conditions. One is a disease, the other is not. One is associated with a higher risk of cancer, the other other is not. One may require surgery to remove a portion of the bowel, the other does not. But both conditions can be debilitating and adversely affect a person’s quality of life.
A burning sensation in the stomach is not always hunger pangs. It can be a symptom of some stomach problem. Yet all too often these different signals are confused for one another. Gastrointestinal complaints that present with a burning stomach sensation or pain are common throughout the globe. In many of these conditions, eating seems to help ease the pain in part or completely. But it is only short term relief. These changes in eating patterns leads to obvious consequences that are undesirable – the main one of which is weight gain. But it also has other equally severe consequences like disturbance in sleeping patterns.
Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) is the most common condition that affects the upper part of the gut. Most of us simply know it as acid reflux or by the main symptom – heartburn. But there is much more to the condition than just heartburn. Sometimes gastroesophageal reflux disease does not even present with heartburn. A person may have almost none of the typical signs and symptoms of acid reflux but could be suffering with the condition to a severe degree.
So how do you know if you are suffering with acid reflux? Despite being the most common upper GI condition, many cases remain undiagnosed. Acid reflux is a condition where stomach acid passes into the esophagus (food pipe) when the lower esophageal sphincter (LES) fails to prevent this backward movement of the stomach contents.
There are a number of stomach problems that have become widespread in modern society. Gastritis and stomach ulcers are two of the more frequently seen conditions. Stomach cancer is now one of the more common types of cancer. However, there are a host of other stomach problems that either affect the stomach function or structure. In order to diagnose a stomach problem, your doctor may have to do certain tests, scans or scopes. There are several types of stomach diagnostic investigations. Your doctor may do more than one type of investigation to confirm a diagnosis. It is important to understand the basics of some of these investigations.
Not every person has the ideal bowel habit which is as regular as clockwork. It is inconvenient to have to pass stool at an unexpected time, experience loose watery stool or pass very hard stool infrequently. These are signs of poor bowel habit. It is important to first see a doctor to find out if these disturbances may be due to any bowel diseases, be it acute of chronic. If there is no apparent bowel abnormality then you should look at various ways to improve your bowel habit. The reality is that good bowel habit is frequent, regular and somewhat predictable bowel movements with the passage of soft and firm stool that is easily evacuated. If your bowel habit is not as “picture perfect” as this, then consider these tips for better bowel habit.
Heartburn is not always taken seriously. Most of us experience it at some point or the other but 1 in 10 Americans suffer with heartburn on a daily basis. Despite its name, heartburn has nothing to do with the heart. Neither is heartburn a disease. It is actually a symptom of a disease known as GERD (gastroesophageal reflux disease).
Heartburn is one of the symptoms you experience when stomach acid flows backward up into the food pipe (esophagus). In the ideal situation, this should not happen. But there are many circumstances where the mechanism that normally prevents stomach acid from flowing backwards fails to act as it should.
Diarrhea is one of those common symptoms that we all experience at some time or the other. Most of the time it is acute meaning that it lasts for only a short period of time before the bowel habit gradually returns to normal. No treatment is required in the majority of cases but supportive measures like adequate hydration are important. However, one of the biggest problems with getting over diarrhea is that most people rely on “old wives’ tales” about the right way to manage it rather than proper medical facts. One of the major hurdles in this regard is what to eat or not eat when you have diarrhea.
A gurgling sound in the abdomen is not uncommon. It is a sign of activity within the stomach and bowels that occurs throughout the day. But a gurgling abdominal sounds can also be a sign of various bowel diseases and it is therefore difficult to say what can be considered normal or abnormal. Similarly, a lack of bowel sounds can also be a cause for concern as it may be an indication of various gastrointestinal and abdominal conditions that need to be investigated.
Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is a widely known bowel condition but there is still widespread misconceptions about the condition. All too often people label chronic bowel diseases as irritable bowel syndrome without fully understanding the extent of the syndrome. However, the symptoms of IBS may be seen with a host of other bowel diseases, some of which may have life-threatening consequences if left untreated. It is therefore important to know the basic facts about IBS and clear up the confusion and misconceptions between IBS and other chronic bowel conditions like inflammatory bowel disease (IBD).
Acid reflux is the most common upper gastrointestinal problem in people across the world. It occurs when the acidic stomach juices flow upwards into the food pipe (esophagus) and sometimes even as high as the throat, mouth or even nose. We all may experience acid reflux every now and then in life especially after overeating and heavily indulging in alcohol or spicy foods. But sometimes the condition is chronic meaning that it occurs non-stop or recurs on a very frequent basis. Acid reflux is more correctly known as gastroesophageal reflux disease. This means that it is a disease where the stomach (gastro-) contents flows backwards (reflux) into the food pipe (esophagus).
Cholera may not be a major concern for most Americans but it is one of the main diarrheal illnesses that causes over 100,000 deaths per year throughout the world. It had been almost totally eliminated in the United States with the last local outbreak being in 1911. But in recent years, especially after Hurricanes Rita and Katrina, there has been greater awareness about the dangers of cholera.
With only about 10 cases of cholera occurring in the United States every year, it may not pose a major health threat to most Americans. People traveling to endemic areas obviously need to be cautious especially when it comes to food and water. For Americans who do not travel across the border, cholera can still be a risk when consuming seafood that is undercooked, like raw oysters and sushi. Even with seafood sourced from the US or imported fruit and vegetables.
Understanding cholera, the disease and the dangers, whether it is contracted locally or abroad can ultimately be a life and death situation. Up to half of all untreated cholera cases are fatal yet this could be avoided. The fact of the matter is that cholera is easily treatable. In fact it is not the cholera infection itself that is the killer but rather the complications that can be fatal. Dehydration in cholera can develop so fast and be so severe that it can kill an infected person within just a few days.
Meaning of a Full Stomach
What does a full stomach mean?
Full stomach is a common term that most of us use to describe the distention of the stomach usually after eating a meal. The term is not entirely inaccurate although it may sound crude at times. When we eat, the stomach fills and its wall stretches. This is one of the reasons we feel satisfied and the hunger pangs subside. There are other signals that abate hunger as well so a stretched stomach is not always necessary. Therefore one can eat a small meal at times and feel satisfied without the stomach is feeling full.
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