What is it and how can I treat it?
Diarrhoea is a loose or watery poo. It is usually nothing to worry about. A common reason for diarrhoea is infection of the gut (gastroenteritis). Sometimes this happens from infected food or drinking infected water –
Other causes can include anxiety, overindulging in some types of food and alcohol and an underlying medical condition.
In most cases, diarrhoea eases and goes within several days, but sometimes it takes longer. The biggest risk is dehydration so make sure you have lots to drink mainly water but include some diluted fruit juice and/or soup and try to eat as normally as possible. Small light meals rich in carbohydrates –
Medication is not usually necessary but you buy anti-
You can prevent the spread of infection by washing your hands thoroughly when preparing food and after going to the toilet.
See a doctor if suspect you are dehydrating or if you still have diarrhoea after a week but no other symptoms.
Visit www.nhs.uk for more information on diarrhoea