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Why Does Malaria Cause Diarrhea
Adaptive: Malaria is a disease caused by parasites and transmitted by the bite of an infected mosquito. There can sometimes be vomiting, diarrhea, coughing, and yellowing (jaundice) of the skin. The vomiting, diarrhea, and coughing are, in part, an effort by the body (in its infinite wisdom) to rid itself of the parasite, which has taken up residence inside the body, where it wreaks havoc. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
Hemoglobinuria: "Haemoglobinuria is one of the manifestations of severe malaria and results from severe intravascular haemolysis. Glucose-6-phosphate dehydrogenase (G6PD) deficiency has been implicated in its aetiology. Haemoglobinuria may be associated with severe anaemia and, less frequently, acute renal failure." See: http://www.malariajournal.com/content/11/1/336 ...Read more
Various reasons...: The "gut" is all connected, by nerves, muscle fibers running inside the gut wall, and chemical signals (like hormones). If something is irritating one part of the gut (such as the stomach), changes can occur in other parts of the gut (the intestine). So, if stomach irritation leads to the intestine not re-absorbing digestive fluids or to it having faster transit time, there will be diarrhea. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Side effect: Diarrhea is a common side effect to metformin that is unrelated to blood sugar control. I do not think the cause for this side effect is known. It can start immediately or years after being on the medication. The diarrhea tends to be dose related, so the higher the dose the more likely for it to occur. Sometimes it will go away when you go to a lower dose or take an extended release form. ...Read more
Luvox (fluvoxamine) effects : Serotonin, which like all of the nerve transmitters in the brain, lines the entire G.I. Track. During fetal development the bottom of the neural crest which becomes the brain heads south and remains connected to the brain both through nerves as well as through nerve transmitters that line the G.I. Track. When people take a medication like luvox, (fluvoxamine) which is an ssri, the excess serotonin stimulation within the G.I. Tract can trigger a diarrhea response. It does this by affecting and binding to serotoninreceptors in the G.I. Tract which can cause subsequent diarrhea. The gut is being increasingly referred to as the third brain and the whole effect of the gut and the bacteria that we have in our intestines is a huge area of research into human well-being and illness at the present time. ...Read more
Unable to do job: Viral gastroenteritis is the most common cause of self limited diarrhea. Gastritis or inflamation of stomach can also be caused by virus preventing the stomach and intestinal tract from doing its job effectively leading to diarrhea. Another possibility is autoimmune gastritis that can cause diarrhea but more chronic. Other causes of gastritis usually do not cause self limiting diarrhea. ...Read more
Chemicals: Infections cause the release of chemicals ( interleukins) from white cells. These chemicals are extremely potent and mediate a variety of host responses to infection including raising your temperature. Your body seems to fight a bit better at warmer temps and some bacteria don't do as well. ...Read more
It's a toxin: The brain has an area that triggers nausea and vomiting if something toxic gets in the body. This is what prevented early humans from dying after eating poisonous berries! chemotherapy triggers the same area of the brain, and the body tries to protect itself by vomiting. New anti-nausea drugs are so effective because they target the "vomit center" in the brain. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Several ways: Falciparum causes the organism-bearing red cells to stick together and sludge in the brain. Rapid destruction of red cells at the same time can make you anemic enough to cause death, or kill you by elevation the blood potassium, or freed hemoglobin shutting down the kidneys. A variety of more subtle mechanisms can also kill. Malaria is a neglected killer especially of the world's children. ...Read more
Diarrhea: Whatever is causing the inflammation in the gut leading to diarrhea may be damaging the lining of the bowel such that it becomes tender and painful to defecate. This may also be caused by continuous wiping of the anus so that the skin/mucous membranes are abraded and this produces a burning sensation. ...Read more
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