What is Diarrhoea?
Diarrhoea is when you have loose or watery stools that occur more rapidly and frequently than usual. It is a common condition that affects both adults and children. In most cases it will be over after a few days, but there are various products available which you can buy from a pharmacy to aid in the treatment of diarrhoea. Diarrhoea can cause you to lose a lot of fluid, so it is important to stay hydrated by drinking plenty of water, to help your body to cope with the fluid loss.
The most common symptoms associated with diarrhoea are:
- Loose, watery stools
- Abdominal pain
- Abdominal cramps
- Blood in your stools
- Mucus in your stools
- Needing to have a bowel movement more frequently and urgently than usual
What causes diarrhoea?
The most common cause of diarrhoea is a bowel infection, known as gastroenteritis. There are numerous ways the infection can be caused such as catching norovirus, or consuming food or water that is infected with E. coli or parasites. In fact, it is very common for people travelling abroad to areas with poor hygiene to become ill with diarrhoea, as food may be washed in infected water. You can also buy medication specifically to treat travellers diarrhoea from Medicine Direct.
If your diarrhoea lasts any longer than a few days, you could be suffering with chronic diarrhoea. Chronic cases are usually a sign of underlying symptoms such as food intolerance, irritable bowel syndromes or a stress-related illness.
If you are an adult and suffering from diarrhoea, you should see a doctor if:
- It has lasted for longer than a few days
- You become dehydrated
- You have black or bloody stools
- You have severe pain in your rectum or abdomen
- You have a fever above 39C
If your child has diarrhoea, call a doctor if it does not improve within 24 hours or if your baby:
- Has bloody or black stools
- Becomes dehydrated
- Has a fever above 39C
Your doctor may recommend a stool test, to see if there are any parasites or bacteria in your stools that are causing the problem. A flexible sigmoidoscopy or colonoscopy may also help to identify the problem; this is where a thin tube with a camera is inserted into your anus for your doctor to see inside your colon.
How should I treat diarrhoea?
Sometimes you can treat diarrhoea at home. The key to a speedy recovery is to make sure you are drinking lots of water and fluids to avoid dehydration. As diarrhoea can sometimes make you feel nauseous, you should take small, frequent sips until it passes. One way to check you are hydrated is by keeping an eye on the colour of your urine. It should be light yellow or almost clear if you are hydrated.
It is also recommended that you should eat small, light meals as soon as you feel able to. Avoid anything spicy or highly fatty as this can irritate the bowels further. Adding foods to your diet that are easy to digest are recommended when experiencing diarrhoea. Pharmacists and GPs also recommend using oral rehydration solutions such as dioralyte or prescribed medicines which contain loperamide such as Imodium or Norimode.
You can order anti-diarrhoea tablets online from our UK pharmacy.
Diarrhoea capsules at Medicine Direct
At our pharmacy, we stock a wide range of diarrhoea relief products. Simply fill in a medical assessment form, and one of our qualified doctors will recommend the best anti-diarrhoea medicine for you. If you order by 2pm, we can offer you free next day delivery.
We stock the following medicines:
- Imodium over the counter syrup
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This means that no matter which member of our team is assigned to your case, you can rest assured that you are in the hands of a highly skilled medical professional, who possesses the compassion and clinical expertise to properly advise you on the best course of treatment.
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