Wednesday, 08 April 2020 | 00:13 WIB

Do Not Underestimate Diarrhea

Do Not Underestimate Diarrhea (flickr)

JAKARTA, NETRALNEWS.COM - Almost everyone has experienced diarrhea at one time or another during their lifetime. Diarrhea is a condition when the body produces loose or even fluid-like stools in abnormal frequencies.

What we must understand is that diarrhea is the body’s mechanisms to remove toxins contained in the large intestine. These toxins can come from food or by the metabolism of germs.

The most common cause of diarrhea is the E. coli and salmonella bacterias. E.coli is actually a normal bacterium living in our colon. Unfortunately, too much of E.coli would disrupt the process of water absorption, causing diarrhea.

Generally the body will heal itself from diarrhea in a few days. All that is needed is rest and drink plenty of fluids to prevent dehydration. When diarrhea persists after a day or two and the fluid intake from drinking and eating is not enough, the body may need extra fluid from intravenous therapy.

In severe cases of when extreme dehydration occurs, diarrhea can be fatal especially for young children and elderly people.