Symptoms

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Symptoms

  • General
    • Loose or watery, frequently stools.
    • Distension of abdomen with cramps or pain in spasms.
    • Feeling of urgency to pass stools.
    • Feverish feeling and lethargy.
    • In children, if infected by rotavirus the symptoms subsides by themselves and there might be no need for medication, only the hydration of the child has to be maintained.
    • Sometimes nausea, vomiting may be present.
    • If associated with intestinal disease, there can be abdominal tenderness.Diarrhea alternating with constipation, can be a typical feature of Irritable bowel syndrome.
  • If diarrhea is due to infection, then there can be
    • Nausea, vomiting
    • Abdominal pain
    • Fever
    • Watery or bloody stools
  • If diarrhea is as a result of toxin consumption, then there can be mild abdominal pain (cramping type) along with nausea and vomiting.

Dysentery (known as bloody diarrhea)

  • Loose or watery, frequent stools with blood and mucus.
  • Fever which can be high grade (than 101°F).
  • Nausea, vomiting and abdominal cramps.

Food poisoning

  • Diarrhea symptoms.
  • Vomiting starting within 1-6 hours of contaminated food consumption.
  • Cramping pain in abdomen with or without fever.
  • Persistence of diarrhea or vomiting can lead to dehydration.