A term describing frequent, fluid bowel movements is called Diarrohea, which can range in severity from merely an embarrassing problem to a life threatening condition. The most common cause of diarrohea is food poisoning; particularly that caused by bacteria (for example, Staphylococcus, Clostridium and Campylobacter). In addition to microbial infections, poisoning, stress and underlying illness (for example Crohn's) can also induce diarrohea.
During episodes of diarrhea, the body loses large volume of fluid and essential minerals. Therefore, the first line of treatment is to replace the lost fluid, with specially formulated fluids containing essential electrolytes.
Medication is available to stop additional episodes occurring and works very well when the diarrhea is due to stress or anxiety. However, if food poisoning or gastrointestinal infection is suspected, it is better to let the diarrhea 'run its course', as the diarrhea will help the body to excrete the unwanted toxins. If diarrhea persists dehydration can result, which could lead to kidney failure and death.
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