Chronic diarrhea can be dangerous
Diarrhea is a common symptom that can occur in many clinical pictures. Diarrhea is generally uncomfortable, but not dangerous – especially when combated with enough fluids and minerals. In some cases, however, diarrhea can pose a serious health threat.
If older people have diarrhea for a longer period of time, they should get it checked out by a doctor. (Photo: Christin Klose / dpa-tmn)
Chronic diarrhea can be dangerous, especially for the elderly, warns Gastro-Liga. The increased loss of fluids and minerals can seriously impair circulation. If people suffer from diarrhea for weeks, it can be chronic. Elderly people in particular should have this clarification – also in order to avoid other health consequences. Otherwise, there is a risk of severe pain such as fainting, confusion, and cardiac arrhythmias. The risk of thrombosis and urinary tract infections also increases due to dehydration of the body.
Treat diarrhea triggers in a targeted way
Targeted treatment of the cause of diarrhea is all the more important, emphasizes the specialist company, which is committed, among other things, to the fight against diseases of the gastrointestinal tract. However, the causes of chronic diarrhea can be very diverse. One of the most common is irritable bowel syndrome. In addition to other illnesses, certain medications, food intolerances, psychological stress or excessive alcohol consumption are also possible triggers. For this reason, precise examinations are essential, as the Gastro-Liga emphasizes.
When does diarrhea become chronic?
Doctors talk about diarrhea when people have three or more “untrained stools” a day or when the stools are unusually watery. Diarrhea is chronic if it lasts four weeks or more. (vb; source: dpa / tmn)
For more information see the article: Diarrhea – Causes and Treatment.
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This article is provided for informational purposes only and should not be used for self-diagnosis or self-treatment. It cannot replace a visit to the doctor.