Digestive and Abdominal

Causes of Chronic (Prolonged, Persistent, Constant) Diarrhea

Diarrhea is a common digestive symptom that affects every person at some point in life. It may occur several times in a year. Usually diarrhea is acute meaning that it lasts for a short period of time but tends to be severe. Acute diarrhea usually lasts for only a few days and often resolves on its own. However, there are >> Read More ...

Causes of Left Side Abdominal Pain (Left Stomach Pain)

Left side abdominal pain may arise from the internal organs of the abdomen, namely the gastrointestinal and urinary tract, chest, upper pelvic organ, abdominal wall muscles, bones (ribs, spine, pelvis), vessels, nerves or skin. It can be difficult to isolate the exact cause of left sided abdominal pain. The presence of >> Read More ...

Bowel Problems ~ Symptoms Diagnosis by a Doctor

Introduction to Diagnosis of Bowel Problems Evaluation of a patient with a bowel disease begins with careful history and physical examination. Subsequent investigation is indicated in selected cases only. Some patients have normal findings on diagnostic testing, so a diagnosis of a functional bowel problem or IBS is >> Read More ...

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 ...

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 ...
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