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Causes of Diarrhea Exposed
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Here are the most known diarrhea causes and their facts…
Soreness of the stomach, small and large intestine is generally referred to as Gastroenteritis. Millions of cases of diarrhea each year can be attributed to the viral form of gastroenteritis. Although commonly called the “stomach flu” it is unrelated to the influenza virus.
Ingestion of foods contaminated with toxic compounds produced by Staphylococcus Aureus will lead to what is commonly known as food poisoning. This condition of the bowels will result in diarrhea.
Inflammation of the stomach, large and small intestine is a condition known as Gastroenteritis. Vomiting or diarrhea is the end result of acute gastroenteritis, usually caused by a class of single-stranded RNA virus or Calicivirus.
Food poisoning is one of the primary causes of diarrhea in developed countries. Toxins formed by bacteria in improperly stored or cooked food, will lead to food poisoning.
Escherichia coli, or E. coli, is a bacteria (germs) that result in severe cramps and diarrhea. Children, elderly and the sick are more susceptible to this condition that may result in bloody diarrhea.
Shigellosis is an infectious disease caused by the Shigella germ. It is most prevalent in the summer months and its primary symptom is diarrhea. Most susceptible are young children two to four years old and rarely infects those younger than six months old.
Giardia intestinalis or Giardia lamblia are single-celled parasites that result in an infection known as Giardiasis. This diarrhea causing condition is most prevalent in areas with poor sanitation.
One of the several types of traveler’s diarrhea is caused by an intestinal infection known as Campylobacter enteritis. Exposure to this bacteria will result in symptoms within two to four days and may last for up to seven days.
Enteropathogenic E coli (EPEC) causes watery diarrhea that may result in dehydration. Damage to the microvilli of host cells are the target of EPEC.
Diarrhea, nausea, vomiting abdominal cramps, fever and headache are all symptoms associated with salmonella infection. This food borne illness caused by the salmonella bacteria may be transmitted by water, soil, raw meats, eggs and even carried by some animals.
Antibiotics are the primary weapon against bacterial infections. You may experience diarrhea after prolonged treatment with antibiotics, even within four to five days. While antibiotics eradicate the bacteria that make you ill, they also act on the good or helpful bacteria in your body.
Antibiotic therapy can result in an easily treated side effect of diarrhea. The Clostridium difficile bacteria, commonly known as C. difficile or C. diff, may cause diarrhea or even a life-threatening inflammation of the colon in individuals on antibiotic therapy.
Cryptosporidium is a parasite that causes an infection of the small intestines and results in diarrhea known as Cryptosporidium enteritis. The number one cause of diarrhea in all age brackets, and in particular, those with fragile immune systems, is Cryptosporidium.
Contaminated food and water may introduce a one-celled parasite that results in watery and sometimes explosive diarrhea. Cyclospora infection may also be caused by fresh fruit.
Chemotherapy has many side effects, which may include skin irritation, stomach pain, cramping, loss of appetite and diarrhea. Drugs used in chemo-therapy affect the lining of the intestinal tract causing diarrhea.
The most commonly prescribed class of antibiotics are Cephalosporins. They have relatively few side effects such as mild stomach cramps, nausea, vomiting and diarrhea.
Diarrhea can be caused by different types of cancers including, hormone-producing (neuroendocrine) tumors, like carcinoid syndrome and Zollinger-Ellison syndrome; Medullary carcinoma of the thyroid; colon cancer; lymphoma; and pancreatic cancer.
Diarrhea may be a side effect of bone marrow stem cells transfusion. Your body may reject bone marrow stem cells transplanted in graft-versus-host disease.
Misoprostol may cause diarrhea. During the first week of treatment, diarrhea may be present at a mild to moderate level. The unwanted side effect of diarrhea may be diminished if taken with food.
Quinidine formulations are a long used treatment for cancers. There is minimal data describing adverse reaction, but what is most often reported consists of gastrointestinal issues, primarily diarrhea.
A sided effect of radiation therapy, whether concentrated on a specific location or throughout the whole body, is diarrhea. This type of diarrhea is positively correlated with radiation dose and may continue for two to three weeks or even months after cessation of treatment.
A colchicines overdose may result in nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain and diarrhea. There is a risk of hemorrhagic gastroenteritis in this severe and bloody diarrhea.
A common treatment for nausea in pregnancy, Metoclopramide, is also very useful in nausea and vomiting associated with chemotherapy. Diarrhea may result in the cholinergic-like effects of Metoclopramide as gastric and duodenal motility is increased.
Cisapride is a “prokinetic” agent that increases muscle contractions of the lower esophagus and its sphincter. The most common side effect is diarrhea in this generally well tolerated treatment.
Irritable bowel syndrome, or IBS, is a common form of diarrhea caused by the rapid passage of intestinal contents through the colon.
One of the side effects of AIDS is a chronic intestinal infection that may result in diarrhea. There are two primary categories associated with infectious diarrhea in AIDS patients: Common pathogens and opportunistic pathogens.
A chronic inflammatory condition of the intestines could relate to Crohn’s disease, producing an ongoing watery or bloody diarrhea. Excessive growth of the bacteria related to Crohn’s may may result in a partial bowel obstruction, weak absorption of nutrients and bile acids, and a swelling of the large intestines.
In healthy individuals, the large intestine changes stools from a liquid to a solid by absorbing water. Ulcerative colitis is a chronic condition of the large intestines, colon and rectum in which inflammation and sores, or ulcers on the inner lining of the intestines. Loss of this lining due to chronic inflammation may lead to diarrhea.
Colon cancer often results in a blockage of the intestines. This results in one of two issues, if the blockage obstructs the movement of stools, then constipation would ensue. If the blockage is not complete, then liquid stool is released around the blockage resulting in diarrhea.
Fructose malabsorption is characterized as the inability of the intestines to absorb 25g of fructose per sitting. The normal range is considered 25 – 50 g per sitting. This condition may result in bloating and diarrhea.
Lactose is broken up in the intestine by the enzyme lactase. Lactose deficiency occurs when there is an inadequate amount of lactase. This condition is associated diarrhea caused by osmotic effect of the lactose in the colon.
A decreased ability to digest or absorb fat is known as fat malabsorption. This condition occurs when there is a decrease in pancreatic secretions necessary in normal digestion, ultimately leading to diarrhea.
Celiac disease often leads to diarrhea. The disease is characterized by damage to the inner lining of the small intestines that leads to a decrease in absorption of nutrients and minerals. An immunological (allergic) reaction to gluten is often the cause of celiac disease, in the end leading to diarrhea.
An overactive thyroid gland will secrete an excessive amount of thyroid hormone. This condition is referred to as hyperthyroidism and is characterized by frequent stools. Many times hyperthyroidism is overlooked as a cause for frequent diarrhea.
Various infections are a side effect of cancer treatment. Diarrhea may occur due to the treatment of these infections with antiobiotics.
Injury to the adrenal cortex is a precursor to Addison’s disease. With this injury, the cortex will produce less hormone, resulting in diarrhea.
People who abuse laxatives to lose weight or garner attention may be inflicted with chronic diarrhea.
A highly virulent and invasive organism, Entamoeba histolytica, may cause diarrhea. The typical fecal-oral life cycle, consisting of infectious cysts passing in the feces and trophozoites reproducing in the large intestines, is associated with E. histolyitca. The risk factors are similar to other fecal-oral rout diseases and acquired through ingestion of the cysts.
Inflammation of the large and small intestines is called inflammatory bowel disease and a cause of chronic diarrhea.
Magnesium, a naturally manifesting mineral, is important in the function and structure of the human body. Sixty percent of the human body’s magnesium is stored in the skeleton. Excess magnesium may be detrimental and cause diarrhea due to increased levels of magnesium salts that draw fluids from the lining of the intestines.
Acute diarrhea may be associated with Yersinia enterocolitica. This infectious disease is caused by a bacterium of the genus Yersinia. Yersiniosis is the resulting condition of this pleomorphic gram-negative bacillus that belongs to the family Enterobacteriaceae.
Cancer may cause stress and anxiety which may lead to diarrhea.
Diarrhea may be caused by gallbladder and stomach surgery by disrupting the movement of food through the digestive system. Short-bowel syndrome occurs when a portion of your intestine has been removed; resulting in an inability to absorb all of the food.
The most common cause of diarrhea in youngsters is a rotavirus infection. By five years old, most youngsters have experienced the accompanying severe infection (rotavirus gastroenteritis) that causes this severe, dehydrating diarrhea.
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