Digestive Health

Diarrhoea

The causes of diarrhoea are often related to a number of digestive disorders and illnesses. Symptoms of diarrhoea include frequent expulsion of faeces in a loose, liquid form and may include stomach cramps after extended periods. Find more information on this condition and how to treat it here.

Causes of diarrhoea

The causes of diarrhoea can be varied and include viral, bacterial or parasitic infection and symptoms of inflammatory disease. Learn more about some of the primary causes here.

1.5 million kids die from diarrhoea

Diarrhoea still claims the lives of 1.5 million children under the age of five a year, UN agencies warned recently, as they launched a new campaign against the ailment.

Diarrhoea cure could save millions

An experimental drug compound may help prevent life-threatening dehydration caused by acute bacterial diarrhoea such as cholera and some strains of E. coli, US researchers said on Monday.

What is diarrhoea?

Diarrhoea is an abnormal increase in the frequency and liquidity of the stools. Diarrhoea is not a disease itself, but can be a symptom of several underlying diseases.

Symptoms of diarrhoea

The main symptom of diarrhoea is loose, watery bowel motions however; the symptoms of diarrhoea will vary from patient to patient depending on the cause of it.

Treating diarrhoea

Treatment of diarrhoea aims to eliminate the underlying cause (if the cause is known), firm up the bowel movements and treat any diarrhoea-related complications.

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Dr. Estelle Wilken is a Senior Specialist in Internal Medicine and Gastroenterology at Tygerberg Hospital. She obtained her MBChB in 1976, her MMed (Int) in 1991 and her gastroenterology registration in 1995.

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