What Exactly Diarrhoea Is?

Diarrhoea is a condition, which is characterized by abnormally loose or watery
stools. If a person passes 3 or more loose or liquid stools per day, or more frequently
then it is said to be abnormal and we can say, the individual is suffering from
Diarrhoea. Nowadays, it is one of the most common health issues among every age
It can be a sign or symptom of gastrointestinal (stomach) infection, and a variety of
bacterial, viral and parasitic organisms can be the reason behind this. Infection can
be spread through contaminated (infected) food or drinking-water, or from one
person to another person due to poor hygiene.
If it is not treated in time, it can lead to body fluid loss, and maybe life-threatening,
especially in young children and in people with impaired or weak immunity.
It is estimated that 2 billion cases of diarrhoeal disease occur each year globally,
and about 1.9 million children below the age of 5 yearsdie from diarrhoea, mostly
in developing countries.
Some people misunderstand diarrhoea with frequently passed stools of normal
consistency, but it is not diarrhoea. The same is the case with breastfed babies, who
often pass loose, pasty stools, which is normal.
Diarrhoea is quite distressing and irritating until the stools are passed, which usually
takes a few days to a week, but there is nothing to worry about.

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