Antibiotic-associated diarrhea occurs when antibiotics disturb the natural balance of “good” and “bad” bacteria in your intestinal tract, causing harmful bacteria to grow beyond their normal numbers. The result is often frequent, watery bowel movements.
Most often, antibiotic-associated diarrhea is fairly mild and clears up shortly after you stop taking the antibiotic. But sometimes you may develop colitis, an inflammation of your colon, or a more serious form of colitis called pseudomembranous colitis. Both can cause abdominal pain, fever and bloody diarrhea.
Effective treatments exist for mild antibiotic-associated diarrhea, as well as for colon inflammation. In addition, taking supplements of beneficial bacteria or eating yogurt may relieve symptoms or help prevent antibiotic-associated diarrhea.
Antibiotic-associated diarrhea can cause signs and symptoms that range from mild to severe. Most often, you’ll have only a slight change in the bacteria in your digestive tract, which can Continue reading About Antibiotic-associated diarrhea
Acute diarrhea is an unpleasant digestive disorder that nearly everyone experiences at one time or another. In fact, it’s estimated that most Americans can expect to have diarrhea about four times every year.
The loose-stool consistency that characterizes diarrhea usually lasts a few days at most. Diarrhea often means more-frequent trips to the toilet and a greater volume of stool. Some common causes of loose, watery stools and abdominal cramps are infections from viruses, bacteria or parasites. Other causes include medications — particularly antibiotics — and artificial sweeteners.
Chronic diarrhea lasts much longer than does acute diarrhea, generally longer than four weeks. It can be a sign of a serious disorder, such as inflammatory bowel disease, or it may be due to a less serious condition, such as irritable bowel syndrome. Chronic or recurrent diarrhea may signal poor absorption of nutrients (malabsorption).
Diarrhea may cause a loss of significant amounts of water and salts. Most cases of diarrhea clear on their own without treatment. But if diarrhea persists, you become dehydrated or you pass blood in your stool, see your doctor.
Signs and symptoms associated with diarrhea may include:
Crohn’s disease, a type of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), is a condition in which the lining of your digestive tract becomes inflamed, causing severe diarrhea and abdominal pain. The inflammation often spreads deep into the layers of affected tissue. Like ulcerative colitis, another common IBD, Crohn’s disease can be both painful and debilitating and sometimes may lead to life-threatening complication.
While there’s no known medical cure for Crohn’s disease, therapies can greatly reduce the signs and symptoms of Crohn’s disease and even bring about a long-term remission. With these therapies, many people afflicted with Crohn’s disease are able to function normally in their everyday lives.
Signs and symptoms of Crohn’s disease can range from mild to severe and may develop gradually or come on suddenly, without warning. They include:
- Diarrhea. The inflammation that occurs in Crohn’s disease causes cells in the affected areas of your intestine to secrete large amounts of water and salt. Because the colon can’t completely absorb this excess fluid, you develop diarrhea. Intensified intestinal cramping also can contribute to loose stools. In mild cases, stools may simply Continue reading About Crohn’s disease