Featured Diarrhea Articles
Descriptions of Featured Diarrhea Articles
Cholera, an acute illness characterized by diarrhea, is caused by an infection in the intestines. This eMedTV resource provides an overview of the causes, transmission, and prevention of this illness, and also links to other resources on this topic.
Diarrhea is a symptom in which watery, loose stools occur more than three times a day. This eMedTV article presents an overview of diarrhea, including details about its possible causes, how it may lead to dehydration, and when to see a doctor for it.
Rotavirus is a virus that may cause severe diarrhea, fever, and vomiting. This portion of the eMedTV Web site takes an in-depth look at this virus, including how it is treated, transmitted, and prevented.
Giardia infections, caused by a one-celled, microscopic parasite, are a common cause of diarrhea in humans. This eMedTV segment discusses this topic in detail, with information on symptoms, treatment, and how to prevent an infection.
The stomach flu is not really a flu at all (we'll explain). This eMedTV article talks more about the causes, symptoms, and treatment of this "flu," and also provides information on how long a person stays contagious.
Stomach Flu Symptoms
In cases of stomach flu, symptoms typically include diarrhea, nausea, and vomiting. This eMedTV segment discusses these and other signs and symptoms of stomach flu, such as fever, chills, and body aches.
Viral infections, bacterial infections, and parasites can all cause diarrhea. This eMedTV article discusses these and other causes of the condition, such as Crohn's disease, lactose intolerance, and medications such as digoxin.
Over-the-counter drugs such as Pepto-Bismol may help stop diarrhea in many cases. However, as this eMedTV article explains, such medications will only prolong health problems in people whose diarrhea is caused by a bacterial infection or a parasite.
For people trying to treat or prevent diarrhea, diet is an important consideration. This eMedTV segment provides dietary tips for people recovering from acute diarrhea and offers suggestions for preventing traveler's diarrhea when traveling abroad.
Possible symptoms of cholera include watery diarrhea, vomiting, and muscle cramps. This eMedTV segment describes the signs and symptoms of this illness, as well as symptoms that can occur as a result of fluid loss, such as severe dehydration.
This eMedTV article explores common methods of treating Giardia, such as prescription drugs and drinking plenty of fluids. This article also takes a look at what to do if your Giardia infection is not responding to treatment.
Stomach Flu Treatment
For people with stomach flu, treatment consists of such things as keeping the body hydrated. This eMedTV article examines other treatment options that can help manage the symptoms of stomach flu while the body fights the infection.
Symptoms of Cholera
Watery diarrhea, vomiting, and muscle cramps are some of the possible symptoms of cholera. This eMedTV Web page provides a detailed list of cholera symptoms. This page also explains the importance of immediate treatment for those who have symptoms.
Yersinia enterocolitica causes yersiniosis, and is in the same family as the bacteria that cause plague. This eMedTV resource explains this bacterium in detail, with information on symptoms, treatment, incubation period, transmission, and more.
Norovirus gastroenteritis ("stomach flu") is a contagious illness that can cause diarrhea and vomiting. This eMedTV article discusses norovirus gastroenteritis in more detail, including information about how it is transmitted, treated, and prevented.
Diarrhea is the most common -- and the most dangerous -- of the rotavirus symptoms. This eMedTV article discusses other common signs and symptoms of rotavirus infections, which may include high fever, vomiting, upset stomach, and loss of appetite.
In many cases, treatment for diarrhea may only involve replacing lost fluids to prevent dehydration. This eMedTV resource discusses treating diarrhea caused by bacterial infections, medical conditions (such as celiac disease), and other problems.