What is chronic diarrhoea and how is it caused?
Chronic diarrhoea is when an individual experiences loose stools that last for around four weeks, with three or more loose stools a day.
If you are suffering from this condition, it is important to seek medical attention immediately. This is especially important if you’re experiencing complications which include bloody diarrhoea, fever, dehydration, weight loss, and severe abdominal pain.
There are a number of causes of this condition and the most common include:
Chronic or severe diarrhoea can lead to dehydration and malnutrition. If you’ve become dehydrated as a result of this condition and are unable to drink enough water, you may be given fluids in an IV to replace the fluids or electrolytes while you suffered from diarrhoea.
Diarrhoea can last for a few days, which is relatively normal for a healthy person. If diarrhoea is frequent to the point of being chronic, it could mean that you might have an underlying health problem such as irritable bowel syndrome or lactose intolerance.
If diarrhoea persists for over a week, see a doctor immediately.
Avoid eating high-fat foods and dairy. Try the following foods instead:
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