Diarrhea, including traveler's diarrhea is a symptom that can occur in a wide variety of circumstances. Essentially, diarrhea is the experience of having frequent watery stools, with or without cramping or pain (called tenesmus). Essentially the process comes from irritation of the lining of the intestines which forces contents to be forced rapidly through the bowel without having a chance to reabsorb fluid. As part of the inflammation, there may be mucous and/or blood.
As with all Coherence Apps modules, we are focused solely on acute diarrhea, not chronic. Acute diarrhea comes on suddenly and eventually resolves itself on its own if nothing is done to stop it up or slow it down.
Chronic diarrhea occurs over long spans of time and is usually associated with irritable bowel syndrome or ulcerative colitis or Crohn’s disease. These are beyond the scope of this module.
Acute diarrhea can occur because of formula or lactose intolerance (in infants) – or because of viruses, bacteria, or parasites in adults and animals. Most of these exposures come from unhygienic water conditions or food processing. Such gastroenteritis is limited to 72 hours or so in about 4 out of 5 cases.
Other than taking an appropriate eRemedy by going to https://eremedyonline.com/module/25/diarrhea/, there are some simple helpful hints to be followed. First, and most important, is hydration. Lots of fluid and electrolytes (minerals such as potassium, magnesium, sodium, etc.) are lost from the constant diarrhea. Hydration with safe water, particularly bottled water, is essential. Adding electrolytes such as from Gatorade or “oral rehydration fluids” in developing countries can be crucial.
Heavy fatty foods such as meat, milk, and spicy irritating foods. Most fruits are likely to irritate, especially citrus, but bananas often help to soothe the stools. An “ABC” diet of applesauce, bananas, and cottage cheese is often used, especially for children. Small amounts of rice or rice water may help.
In general the purpose of diarrhea is to eliminate something that is toxic or irritating, so it is best to let it continue until the process is completed. Stopping up diarrhea with Immodium or other such medications should be avoided unless you need to travel in such a way as to not have toilet facilities. This merely delays the final completion of the process, however.
As mentioned, acute diarrhea usually resolves within 72 hrs – faster if you use the eRemedy, of course. This is usually caused by a virus, sometimes Norovirus which can cause very intense nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea in addition to diarrhea. If the symptom continues longer, there may be Giardia (a protozoon), amoeba (another protozoon), or bacteria such as Salmonella or Shigella or even a pathogenic form of E. coli. If possible, having a stool culture would sort this out.
Giardia usually comes on within 2 to 8 days after exposure, and can last for weeks and months if not treated.
Blood inside the stool can signify a somewhat more serious condition. It can be a sign of amoebae, or at least more vigorous inflammation. When there is blood, there is usually pretty severe dehydration, so medical attention is definitely warranted.
Fever in diarrhea that has gone past 3 days can be another serious sign – suggesting typhoid, cholera, or even some forms of malaria if you are in a developing country or one plagued by war or natural disaster. In such cases, there other Coherence Apps modules to help out: https://eremedyonline.com/module/16/typhoid/, https://eremedyonline.com/module/13/cholera/, https://eremedyonline.com/module/14/malaria/.
Typhoid usually is a highly toxic process of collapse with fever, vomiting, and severe diarrhea often with bloody stools, and fever.
Cholera is characterized by fever along with extreme amounts of watery diarrhea, usually without blood, but accompanied by extreme dehydration. It is usually found in disaster settings where water supplies are disrupted and mixing waste contamination with water supplies.
Malaria is also a collapse state with very high fever and sometimes diarrhea. These are sudden relapsing conditions that are very intensely acute during a flare. The malaria parasite is carried by mosquitoes and is not related to food or water poisoning.
A more rare acute diarrhea occurs with Ebola and similar conditions. eRemedies for this can be found at https://emergencydr.org.
A final word of caution comes with diarrhea in infants or small children. Dehydration in these little ones can become dangerous in a very short period of time. Mouth and mucous membranes are dry at a moderate level, but skin becomes slow to return to normal when you pull on it in severe levels. These children may need intravenous fluids, so connecting with a medical facility in this situation is critical.