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Diarrheal Diseases

Diarrheal Diseases

When someone passes three or more stools in a day, it is likely a sign of Diarrhea. The human body loses too much of water and salt content.

Effects of Diarrhea

Diarrhea causes dehydration due to which a lot of water and salt is lost from the body. This can even lead to death it not taken care of properly.

An Intestinal Virus or Bacteria transmitted through contaminated food or water generally causes Diarrhea. It is a widespread disease in developing nations having poor sanitary conditions.

It is estimated that Diarrhea is the second top cause of death in children below 5 years of age. Figures reach as high as 760,000 death of children every year due to Diarrhea.

Risk and Prevention

Risk factors are like…

  • Poor Sanitary conditions
  • Non-availability of clean water
  • Age – children being the most likely target
  • Malnourishment
  • Weak Immune System

To prevent Diarrhea, it is must to practice good hygiene. Wash your hands well before and after food. Virus or Bacteria present on your hands can go into your digestive system along with the food and preventing that will be the best.

Quality of drinking water and water used for cooking must be of top priority. Sanitization methods also need to be improved wherever possible. Emergency Access to medical care must be made available to treat at an early stage. If water is lost from the body for three to four days continuously, it can lead to death.

Keep your surroundings clean. Wash vegetables or food items in general thoroughly before using. It can contain different types of chemicals and preservatives.

Do not use contaminated or likely to be expired food items. Buy food items checking their Manufacturing and Expiry Dates wherever possible. Buy food only from neat and clean outlets.

Stay Clean, Stay Healthy.

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Born and brought up in Kerala, I did my schooling in Kerala and graduated (B.Sc Physics) from the Calicut University. I have worked with a Swedish Company from 1994 to 2015, as a Senior Project Manager in their Group IT Division in Dubai. This blog is the result of my strong desire to communicate with others, sharing what I know and what I could gather from various sources.


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