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Diarrhea

Diarrhea results when bowel movements become more watery and increase in volume and frequency. It is often accompanied by an upset stomach or bowel cramping. People with severe or recurring problems may be at risk of dehydration, so it is important to keep your water intake high. As well as water, the ailment depletes the body of needed minerals like potassium, magnesium, calcium and sodium.

Symptoms

Symptoms include an increased frequency in bowel movements, abdominal pain and cramping, thirst, weight loss, fever, chills and a general overall feeling of illness. Diarrhea is often a symptom of another illness like food poisoning or inflammatory bowel disease.

Causes

Diarrhea is often caused by an infection. Food and water can carry viruses, bacteria and parasites that are often the cause. Medications can also cause the problem to occur, accompanies by many other symptoms. People who have food intolerance, such as those who are lactose intolerant may get diarrhea if they ingest milk or other dairy products. Babies can sometimes develop it while teething. It can also be caused by anxiety.

Cautions

Seek medical assistance if the problem persists for more than 24 hrs in children and 48 hrs in adults. If there is blood in the stool, see a doctor. This may be a symptom of inflammatory bowel disease, irritable bowel syndrome, pancreatitis, diverticular disease, bowel cancer, celiac disease, hyperthyroidism, AIDS, dysentery, ulcerative colitis or Crohn's disease, among others.

Herbal Treatments

Internal Applications

Essential oils that may provide refief in the symptoms of diarrhea include chamomile, eucalyptus and cedarwood, patchouli, lavender, orange and peppermint. Use in burner or in massage by diluting a few drops of the oil in a carrier oil. Suggested treatment includes Lavender – add a drop of lavender essential oil, ginger essential oil and orange essential oil to a light carrier oil like sweet almond. Massage this mixture into the abdominal area for relief.

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