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What's the difference between diarrhea and dysentery?

What's the difference between diarrhea and dysentery?

Diarrhea v infection: Diarrhea is defined as 3 loose bowel movements in a 24 hour period. Dysentery is a severe infection of the intestines usually caused by a bacterial infection such as salmonella, shigella, campylobacter or e coli 0157:h7. ...Read more

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Loose Stools (Definition)

Loose stools is a symptom in which a person's stool (poop) does not hold its shape after it goes into the toilet. Instead of remaining a shaped piece of poop, the poop spreads out in the toilet bowl water. Very loose stool is called diarrhea. Loose stool can be caused by infections, certain foods or drinks, ...Read more


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I have diarrhea and dysentery since two days. Stomach ache and loose motions. I ate outside food a few days back. Please suggest a remedy.

I have diarrhea and dysentery since two days. Stomach ache and loose motions. I ate outside food a few days back. Please suggest a remedy.

Gastroenteritis: This is often viral and should clear up spontaneously. If food poisoning, the same is likely. If you develop fever, do not get better within 5 days or develop other symptoms or feel as if you are becoming dehydrated see a doctor. ...Read more

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Orange diarrhea, do I have dysentery?

Orange diarrhea, do I have dysentery?

Orange diarrhea: Probably not. Dysentary usually implies severe diarrhea accompanied by fever and possibly blood. ...Read more

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Are very foul smelling loose stools in infants without fever, mucus or blood a sign of Amoebic dysentery ?

Are very foul smelling loose stools in infants without fever, mucus or blood a sign of Amoebic dysentery ?

Amoeba Shmomoeba...: Think about it this way: Whatever is causing the diarrhea, an infant is very sensitive to fluid loss, and other losses too.So if it has been excessive and persistent and the baby won't take enough fluids by mouth to compensate for the losses(dry mouth, decreased tears and urine volume, acting cranky and tired), it's time to see a doctor. Let him figure out the cause, whether amoeba or just a virus ...Read more

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What is the safest treatment for non-infectious diarrhea and abdominal cramps and does black tea helpful for this situation?best regard.

What is the safest treatment for non-infectious diarrhea and abdominal cramps and does black tea helpful for this situation?best regard.

The safest: is over the counter anti-diarrhea agents ( eg: Immodium AD) which may or may not be available in your location (Chemical name is Loperamide) NOT RECOMMENDING SPECIFICALLY jsu an example> As far as I know black Tea (eg TANNIN) may have some beneficial effect but its negligible! Hope this helps! Dr Z ...Read more

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Any way to cure dysentery?

Any way to cure dysentery?

Antiparastitic: And good higineantiparasitic medications such as Metronidazole and iodoquinol, are commonly used to treat dysentery caused by amoebiasis. Antibiotics like ciprofloxacin, ofloxacin, levofloxacin, or Azithromycin are used to treat the organisms causing bacillary dysentery. People with prolonged diarrhea should consult with their doctor. ...Read more

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What are the tests for dysentery?

What are the tests for dysentery?

Stool examination: There are multiple causes of dysentery. The presence of dysentery can be determined by naked eye examination of stools. The cause of dysentery requires microscopic examination of stools for parasites, such as e histolytica, culture for bacteria and tests for inflammatory bowel disease. ...Read more

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What sort of disorder is dysentery?

What sort of disorder is dysentery?

Diarrhea: Often implies a severe infectious diarrhea from a number of organisms like parasites like ameba. ...Read more

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Diarrhea (Definition)

Diarrhea is a term that describes loose, watery stools occurring more frequently than usual. It is often not due to a serious cause, but severe diarrhea ...Read more


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Dysentery (Definition)

Dysentery is a severe irritation of the digestive tract, causing stomach pain and diarrhea. This is usually caused by infection with bacteria, ...Read more