Just recently, Public Health England reported that 32 patients were diagnosed with diarrhea from April 8 to 14, 2019. The number of patients with diarrhea is not yet alarming, but the reported numbers of patients were 1% higher than what was expected.
In the previous week, 26 patients were diagnosed, which means that in every 100, 000 patients, 17. 7 registered with GPs over the seven-day period. Also, in the previous week, six patients showed symptoms of vomiting which was 51% lower than the expected number.
Diarrhea is also known as Gastroenteritis, the most common bowel infection caused by a virus. The most common symptoms are:
- Frequent passing of loose stool
- Abdominal pains and cramps
Diarrhea is caused by a wide variety of infections and events like:
- Emotional stress and anxiety
- Food poisoning
- Typhoid fever and cholera
- Antibiotics and other medications
- Excessive alcohol intake
The common treatments for diarrhea are:
- avoiding dehydration; so, you’re encouraged to drink a lot of water or other liquids.
- replenishing the electrolytes and other important minerals in your body; doctors may recommend taking oral rehydration drinks to replace salt and other minerals lost
- using IVs in severe cases to replace lost liquids
- taking medications for nausea and infection when needed
It may also help to make some dietary adjustments while recovering from diarrhea. Doctors suggest the following changes:
- Limit the intake if fruit juices especially for babies and young children.
- Avoid alcoholic beverages
- Avoid spicy, fatty, and sweet foods.
- Eat starchy foods like rice, bread, and banana.
- Eat yogurts or drinks that contain live cultures
If you are showing symptoms of diarrhea, consult a doctor. Diarrhea can be life-threatening if it leads to dehydration. Doctors advise that people diagnosed with diarrhea should be off work for at least two days or until they are better. The symptoms usually pass in five to seven days.