Gastro-Intestinal Diseases

Food Poisoning – Causes, Symptoms, Diagnosis, Treatment

What is food poisoning? Food poisoning is a common acute condition where food or water contaminated with infectious agents causes inflammation of the gut. These infectious agents may be viruses, bacteria, protozoa or their toxins. Unlike with the ‘stomach flu’ (viral gastroenteritis) which is caused by viruses, >> Read More ...

What Causes Diarrhea After Eating?

Most of us do not consider any link between eating and diarrhea unless we have a common diarrheal illness like the stomach flu (viral gastroenteritis). Howevever, for some people diarrhea after eating can be an almost daily occurrence. There are several possible reasons for this eating and diarrhea link. Some of these >> Read More ...

Causes of Sudden (Acute) Diarrhea

Most cases of diarrhea are acute. This means it arises suddenly, is intense and lasts for only a short period of time. Typically with diarrhea this is just a few days and in many instances the diarrhea resolves on its own without any medical treatment. Sometimes it may persist for weeks and still be considered as acute. It >> Read More ...

Is Diarrhea Contagious? How Can Diarrhea Be Prevented?

The term contagious in the medical context refers to a disease that can be transmitted from one person to another, or even from an animal or insect to a human. Infectious diseases may or may not be contagious depending on whether the infectious agent, such as viruses, bacteria or protozoa, can be easily transmitted between >> Read More ...

Treatment and Cure for Diarrhea

Treatment of Acute Diarrhea in ADULTS Acute diarrhea in most cases stops on its own in few days. If there is no fever or other debilitating symptom, you can continue with regular activities but avoid any excessive strain. Fluid Replacement An adult with a mild diarrhea can drink plain water or tea, a cup (250 ml) at the >> Read More ...

Bowel Movement Problems

Loose Bowel Movements (Diarrhea) Occasional loose bowel movements may be normal, but having over three loose stools per day is a symptom of diarrhea. Check characteristics of normal and excessive bowel movements. Read how to find the cause of loose bowel movements from medical symptoms. Constipation Constipation means >> Read More ...

Pale, Clay, Gray Stool or White Bowel Movement and Diarrhea

Normal bowel movement color can be any shade of brown, ranging from tan and yellowish-brown to darker shades of brown. There can be temporary changes in the stool color after consuming certain foods with strong pigments but it may only last for a day or two at most. When there is an abnormality in the stool color, >> Read More ...

Causes of Blood in Your Stool and Fecal Occult Blood Test (FOBT)

How Does the Blood in the Stool Look Like? The blood in the stool may appear as: Invisible (occult) Bright red fluid Red streaks on the stool surface Red or maroon colored stool Black tarry stool Is Blood in the Stool a Symptom of a Dangerous Disorder? When blood in the stool results from rough wiping or hemorrhoids, it is >> Read More ...

Orange Bowel Movement and Orange Diarrhea

There are various abnormal bowel movement colors that can occur with different conditions and foods. Green, black and even reddish stool may occur in some cases but orange is not a color typically associated with bowel movement or diarrhea. However, it can occur in some rare instances. It is important to understand what >> Read More ...

What Is a Normal Bowel Movement Color?

Normal Stool Color Color of a normal bowel movement in most people is any shade of brown, including light brown (described as yellow by some), but this is  not the same as bright yellow). The following stool colors may be also normal, if they result from ingested substances: Green stool may result from ingesting a >> Read More ...
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