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What Can Cause Chronic Diarreah?

Postby Weayaya » Fri Sep 08, 2017 1:57 pm

okay I've had to bouts of chronic diarrhea, lasting longer than 2 weeks both times I had at least one time when i couldn't make it to the bathroom. the stool is very loose and is mostly just yellow fluid. what can cause this? I'm a 21 year old female and i don't have a gall bladder anymore? help? I am having trouble with dehydration because I have diabetes insipidus
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What Can Cause Chronic Diarreah?

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Postby Alfredo » Fri Sep 08, 2017 2:41 pm

Chronic diarrhea is an increase in the amount of stool you have each day without changing your diet. You may also have an increased number of bowel movements in a day. The word chronic is used to describe conditions that may slowly get worse, come and go, and last for a long time. Diarrhea that lasts longer than four weeks may be considered chronic. Diarrhea is a symptom of an illness, infection, or another condition.

What causes chronic diarrhea?

Chronic diarrhea may be caused by any of the following:

Diet: Some people may not be able to completely digest (break down) certain foods, which leads to diarrhea. These foods may include those with carbohydrates (breads, cereals, and grains), fats, or other nutrients. Drinking too much alcohol too often may also lead to diarrhea. Adult drinks such as beer, wine, whiskey, and vodka contain alcohol.

Diseases: These may include diseases of the stomach and bowels, such as irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). Diarrhea may occur with some types of cancer or problems affecting the thyroid or pancreas. It may also occur with diseases that weaken your immune system. The immune system is the part of your body that fights infections.

Infection: This may be caused by germs, such as bacteria or viruses, or parasites (small living creatures).

Medicine: Chronic diarrhea may occur when you use laxatives to treat constipation (dry, hard stools). It may also occur with some antibiotics, especially if they are used for a long time. Certain heart medicines and mineral supplements, such as magnesium, may also cause chronic diarrhea.

Surgery or procedures: Chronic diarrhea may happen after you have stomach or bowel surgery. It may also occur with procedures that hurt the muscle that controls passing of stool.

Unknown: In some cases, the cause of chronic diarrhea is not known.

What can I do to prevent or treat my chronic diarrhea?

For loose bowel movements that occur three or fewer times a day without other problems, do the following:

Avoid eating oily foods that may be causing your diarrhea. If your diarrhea occurs after eating oily or greasy foods, avoid fried foods. You should also avoid foods with high oil contents. Such foods include fatty meats, rich sauces, and adding butter, margarine, or sour cream to your food.

Avoid dairy products if you are lactose intolerant. If you get diarrhea after drinking milk or eating dairy products, you may not be able to digest lactose. Dairy products are milk and foods made from milk, such as cheese or ice cream. Lactose is a type of sugar found in dairy products. You may need to only eat or drink dairy products that are lactose-free. Read the food label to check for lactose or ingredients that may contain lactose. Ask your caregiver for more information on lactose-controlled diet.

Drink plenty of liquids. Men 19 years old and older should drink about 3.0 Liters of liquid each day (close to 13 eight-ounce cups). Women 19 years old and older should drink about 2.2 Liters of liquid each day (close to 9 eight-ounce cups). With diarrhea, you may need to drink more than this. The best liquids to drink contain water, sugar, and salt. These liquids help your body hold in fluid and help prevent dehydration. Ask your caregiver what liquids are best to drink, and how much you should drink.

Avoid drinks and food that contain caffeine. Caffeine may make dehydration worse. It may be found in coffee, tea, soda, chocolate, and some sports foods and drinks.

Do not drink alcohol. Alcohol may make dehydration worse. Drinking too much alcohol too often may cause problems that can lead to having chronic diarrhea. Alcohol is found in beer, wine, liquor, such as vodka and whiskey, and other adult drinks.

Use antibiotics correctly. Always take your antibiotics exactly as ordered by your caregiver. Keep taking this medicine until it is gone, even if you feel better. Do not use antibiotics that are not yours, or that are left over from another illness.

Wash your hands often with soap and warm water. Always wash them after using the toilet, and before preparing or serving food. Germ-killing hand lotion or gel may be used to clean your hands when you have no water. :) :)
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