Patient discussion about diarrhea

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Q. what are the causes of diarrhea?

I've been having constant diarrhea, stomach aches and loud noises from my bowel. could it be cancer?
A1I don't know about cancer, but you might consider "Irritable bowel syndrome". it is a common disorder that can occur and have those symptoms that you mentioned. here is a nice web site that gives information about it: http://digestive.niddk.nih.gov/ddiseases/pubs/ibs_ez/#symptoms
A2I never heard of cancer giving diarrhea, if you have cancer- there are other diagnostic ways to check it out. but there are a big list of causes to diarrhea. here one i found, and I'm sure it's not full:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_causes_of_diarrhea

Q. What Is Travelers' Diarrhea?

I wanted to know- what exactly is travelers' diarrhea?
A1Travelers' diarrhea is the most common illness affecting travelers. Travelers' diarrhea is defined as three or more unformed stools in 24 hours, commonly accompanied by abdominal cramps, nausea and bloating. Each year 20%–50% of international travelers, an estimated 10 million people, develop diarrhea, usually within the first week of traveling. It can occur due to poor sanitary conditions, usually by bacterial infection. Escherichia coli, enteroaggregative E. coli, and Shigella are the most common bacteria involved. High-risk destinations are the developing countries of Latin America, Africa, the Middle East and Asia.
A2Here's is a short clip that might help you understand what is travelers' diarrhea-
http://www.5min.com/Video/Travelers-Diarrhea-12165

Q. I heard that the major risk in diarrhea is dehydration, why is that?

How can I avoid that? Are there other dehydration causes I should beware of?
A1vomiting will also dehydrate you about as dangerously as diarrhea fye
A2Dehydration happen when your intake of water is less then your outtake of water. There are numerous factors that may cause this. Diarrhea is only one of them. Here is a link to a list of causes:
http://www.wrongdiagnosis.com/d/dehydration/causes.htm
A3When you get diarrhea your excrements move from solid to liquid… that means that instead of absorbing the water you drink- you just see them go back to nature without helping too much. So your body which excretes an average amount of 5 liters a day by breathing, urine, perspiration and so forth – doesn’t get the amount of water he needs to survive. And you get dehydrated. This is why you need to drink plenty of water while acute diarrhea.



Q. Is severe diarrhea sign of angioedema?

I have sudden onset of painful diarrhea with stomach pain.
ASevere diarrhea can be a sign of angioedema but it is a very unlikely way of angioedema to show, especially if that is the only symptoms and there is no obvious seen swelling of skin or shortness of breath. Stomach ache with diarrhea is usually caused by an infection, most likely a viral infection, and should pass within a few days. If symptoms are unbarable or continue, you should see your doctor.

Q. My Sister has Diarrhea for 3 days is it Salmonella?

My Sister and I went out to a Chinese restaurant last week to celebrate my Birthday. A couple of days later my Sister became ill and has stomach aches and diarrhea. Is it Salmonella?
A1If the illness was caused by eating in the restaurant, then it could be Salmonella or food poisoning.
Salmonella are usually transmitted to humans by eating foods contaminated with animal feces. Contaminated foods usually look and smell normal. Contaminated foods are often of animal origin, such as beef, poultry, milk, or eggs, but all foods, including vegetables may become contaminated. Many raw foods of animal origin are frequently contaminated, but fortunately, thorough cooking kills Salmonella. Food may also become contaminated by the unwashed hands of an infected food handler, who forgot to wash his or her hands with soap after using the bathroom.
A2Many different kinds of illnesses can cause diarrhea, fever, or abdominal cramps. Determining that Salmonella is the cause of the illness depends on laboratory tests that identify Salmonella in the stools of an infected person. These tests are sometimes not performed unless the laboratory is instructed specifically to look for the organism. Therefore, she should go to her Doctor so he can send her for further tests to determin if this is in fact Salmonella.

Q. I often have diarrhea after breakfast but no stomachache. I can hear noisy stomach though. Anyone knows why?

AHave you tried to find any association with the specific food you eat? Do dairy foods cause more diarrhea than others? Diarrhea without abdominal pain or any other suggests the possibility of problem with the processing of the food you eat. Try to run a log of the food you eat and the events of diarrhea - it may give you a clue to the reason for the diarrhea.

Any way, diarrhea may also a sign of important illnesses and conditions, so consulting a doctor may be wise.

Meanwhile, you may read more here:
http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/diarrhea.html

Q. How do you diagnose celiac?

My daughter is 3 years old and is constantly vomiting, has diarrhea and stomach aches. Could this be celiac?
A1This could in fact be celiac. The initial step in screening should include: IgA endomysial antibodies (EMA), IgA tissue transglutaminase (tTG), IgG tissue transglutaminase and Total IgA antibodies. The patients with positive antibody tests, and those with an IgA deficiency, should have a small bowel biopsy to confirm the diagnosis and assess the degree of damage, which is performed endoscopically (looking inside the body by inserting a tube into it).
A2Numerous studies demonstrate that children with Celiac frequently have gastrointestinal (GI) symptoms such as diarrhea with failure to thrive (FTT), abdominal pain, vomiting, constipation, and abdominal distension. The symptoms you described could in fact be celiac so you should ask your GP to test your duaghter for it.
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