Diarrhea: Classification and Causes

Definition of Diarrhea
Diarrhea is defined as the passage of liquid or semi-liquid stool. The amount of this evacuation of stool may be as few liters and a number of evacuations from 4 to several hundred as in the case of cholera, bacillary dysentery, and so on.

Diarrhea can be classified into acute and chronic. While acute diarrhea with a duration of less than two weeks, chronic diarrhea usually last more than two weeks and tend to recur.

Cause of Diarrhea
Diarrhea is due to increased movements of the intestinal walls causing the progression of intestinal contents to the anus. Because of this rapid progress impossible absorbing the water and the feces are expelled as a liquid or slurry. If in addition to this there is an acute intestinal inflammation is added an excess secretion by the inflamed intestinal mucosa, which contributes to increased fluid content of stool.

Therefore, the mechanism of diarrhea in three parts:
* Acceleration of peristalsis of the intestinal walls.
* Poor absorption of the liquid part of stool.
* And increased secretion by the intestinal mucosa irritation.

Classification of Diarrhea
They can be different reasons that cause diarrhea. We discuss the most important.

Diarrhea for digestive disorders
These are the most frequent diarrhea. They may be caused by:
* Indigestion. A take over food can cause a shortage of gastrointestinal function. Irritating foods, spicy foods too cold, heavy digestions, etc..
* Insufficient production of pancreatic juice prevents the digestion of fats.
* Diarrhea due to liver disease (cirrhosis, acute and chronic hepatitis, etc.).
* Diarrhea diseases of the stomach (gastritis, gastric ulcer, little hydrochloric acid, etc.).


Diarrhea drug, laxatives and poisoning
Among these are the diarrhea caused by laxative common among those who may be medicinal plants (senna, cascara, etc..) Or others (castor oil, magnesium carbonate mineral waters purgatives, etc.).. Also poisoning spoiled food, snuff, drugs, heavy metals. Another of these diarrhea can be caused by food allergies, ie food to which certain individuals may be especially sensitive (milk, eggs, strawberries, shellfish, etc.)..

Diarrhea from infectious causes
This type of diarrhea the most common include cholera, bacillary dysentery, salmonellosis, etc.)..

Diarrhea due to pathologies of the colon
In the colon can occur that cause diarrheal diseases such as ulcerative colitis, Crohn's disease, cancer of any part of the small but particularly the colon and rectum.

Diarrhea from outside the digestive diseases
In this group are diarrhea whose origin can be heart disease, vascular, kidney, blood, endocrine, nervous, and so on.

Classification of Diarrhea in faeces

In diarrheal stool examination can allow us to know the origin or cause of diarrhea. For example:
* Diarrhea-bladder. When the liquid accompanying stool is greenish due to the presence of bile.
* Bloody diarrhea. When the stool contains blood as pure as in the case of colon or rectal cancer.
* Diarrhea serosa. If feces are extremely liquid and color as the water in which rice has been cooked (diarrhea, cholera).
* Diarrhea food. When the feces found between bits of undigested food (indigestion)
* Diarrhea Mucocutaneous purolenta. When feces are mixed with mucus and pus, mucus and blood, or all three (ulcerative colitis, bacillary and amoebic dysentery, etc.).

Related Topics
Diarrhea. Natural Treatments
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Homeopathy for Diarrhea
Homeopathy for Colitis
The care of the colon (large intestine). Its importance to health
The laws of healing through food
The combination of food

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