When thin, loose and watery stools occur 3-4 times a day and continue for a few weeks, one is said to have diarrhea.
Diarrhea is accompanied by abdominal pain (colic) which lessens as the stool gets passed.
It is a non-serious condition lasting for 2-3 days and may heal even without any treatment. But when it extends on for weeks, medical help becomes necessary.
In young children, diarrhea is usually caused due to viral infections.
Acute diarrhea: Lasts for 1-2 days and resolves on its own. It is normally caused by bacteria, virus or parasites.
Chronic diarrhea: The symptoms may persist for more than a few days and may indicate the presence of an underlying disease or condition.
If timely treatment is not taken, diarrhea may also lead to dehydration. In case of people having a weak immune system, young adults and young children, dehydration can be life-threatening.
Symptoms of Dehydration
- Excessive thirst
- Dry skin
- Dry mouth
- Dark urine
- Crying without tears (in children)
Homeopathic Treatment for Diarrhea in Adults
Homeopathy is effective both for acute as well as chronic cases of diarrhea.
In the case of chronic diarrhea, a homeopath studies your underlying disease or condition and prescribes the remedies accordingly.
Although, the symptoms indicated with each homeopathic remedy may not be directly listed but it is your mental, emotional and physical state that determines the suitable set of remedies.
A homeopath may analyze your previous medical history, consistency, quantity, and frequency of stools.
Consideration of all these factors enables her to help provide you a state of overall well-being.
Causes of Diarrhea
- Diet change
- Drinking excess alcohol
- Irritable bowel syndrome
- Coeliac disease
Some Common Causes in Detail…
Norwalk virus, cytomegalovirus, and viral hepatitis
Rotavirus is common in children
Bacteria and Parasites
These can easily enter your body through contaminated food and water. Diarrhea caused due to these living organisms is common in developed countries and is known as travelers diarrhea.
Antibiotics can also cause diarrhea. Certain antibiotic medicines may disturb the healthy count of good and bad bacteria in the intestine leading to diarrhea.
Dairy products such as milk contain lactose. Many people may be intolerant to lactose and may have diarrhea after taking milk products.
Other disorders that can cause chronic diarrhea include Crohn’s disease, celiac disease, microscopic colitis, irritable bowel syndrome.
Contaminated food might contain bacteria, virus or parasite that may enter your body system and may cause diarrhea.
Some of the common parasites include salmonella, shigella, escherichia coli.
Rotavirus in Children
Rotavirus is a common cause of infection in children.
Can cause inflammation inside the stomach.
Can cause severe diarrhea, fever, dehydration, vomiting.
Side Effects of Medications
Certain antibiotics, antacids, and diabetes medications can cause diarrhea.
This is also a common case where the body detecting a substance it is allergic to reaction severely
Some common diseases which can cause this are irritable bowel syndrome, Crohn’s disease, celiac disease, colitis, inflammatory bowel disorder.
Diarrhea is common among children and the following symptoms indicate immediate medical attention
- Blood and pus in the stool
- Diarrhea lasting more than 48 hrs
- Fever above 38 degree celsius
- Pain in the abdomen
- Pale looking
Normally it is common and not severe if timely treatment is taken. But when this continues for a long duration and happens multiple times a day.
Here, it indicates that there is some underlying cause that needs to be addressed.
A detailed analysis may lead you to know whether it is due to infection or inflammation in the bowels.
If you still have any doubt or concerns, please feel free to drop me a message at [email protected] and I will get back to you soon.
Note: Do not self-medicate any of the remedies listed above . Consult a qualified homeopath.