contains a unique combination of 2 ingredients (Absorbatox® and Diosmectite) which address diarrhoea by binding to harmful toxins and effectively removing these toxins from the gut.
- can be used to treat acute and chronic diarrhoea.
- Suitable for adults and children from the age of 6 months.
- Easy dosing regimen.
- No systemic absorption.
Always take sufficient rehydration fluid, even when using .
Diarrhoea: Symptoms, Causes and Prevention
Diarrhoea is common and is characterised by loose and/or watery stools with more frequent bowel movements.
Diarrhoea usually only lasts a few days, but when diarrhoea persists for more than a week, it can indicate a serious disorder such as inflammatory bowel disease or a persistent infection.
Diarrhoea can also be present in patients with irritable bowel syndrome (spastic colon).
Signs and symptoms associated with diarrhoea may include:
- Loose and / or watery stools
- More frequent bowel movements
- Abdominal pain
- Abdominal cramping
- The presence of blood in the stool
- The urgent need to have a bowel movement
Diarrhoea can cause dehydration, which can be life-threatening if left untreated. Dehydration is particularly dangerous in children, elderly individuals and those with weakened immune systems.
Children, particularly young children or infants, can easily become dehydrated. Call your doctor if the diarrhoea does not improve within 24 hours or if the child:
- Has bloody or black stools
- Has a fever of 39 °C or above
- Becomes dehydrated Signs of dehydration in young children:
- Not having a wet nappy in 3 or more hours
- Has a dry mouth or tongue
- Cry without tears
- Sunken eyes or cheeks
- Irritability, drowsiness or unresponsiveness
Adults should seek medical attention if:
- Diarrhoea persists for more than 2 days
- You become dehydrated
- You have severe abdominal or rectal pain
- You have bloody or black stools
- You have a fever of 39 °C or above
Diarrhoea can be caused by various conditions and diseases including:
- Bacterial or parasitic infection: contaminated food or water can transmit bacteria and / or parasites to your body. When travelling to developing countries, diarrhoea that is caused by bacterial or parasitic infection is called “traveller’s diarrhoea.” Common bacterial causes of diarrhoea include Salmonella, Shigella, E.coli and Campylobacter.
- Viruses: The rotavirus is a very common cause of acute diarrhoea in children.
- Antibiotic-associated diarrhoea can occur after completing a course of antibiotics, this is mainly due to Clostridium difficile infection. Antibiotics can destroy both good and bad bacteria in the gastrointestinal tract, which disturbs the natural flora balance.
- Medication: Antacids containing high levels of magnesium.
- Lactose intolerance: Some people have difficulty digesting lactose (sugar found in milk). Lactose intolerant patients experience diarrhoea after consuming lactose. The risk of becoming lactose intolerant increases with age.
- Fructose: The sugar naturally occurring in fruits and honey and is often added as a sweetener to some beverages. Some people might have difficulty digesting fructose resulting in diarrhoea.
- Artificial sweeteners: Sorbitol and mannitol, artificial sweeteners often found in chewing gum and some other sugar-free products, are known to cause diarrhoea in some otherwise healthy people.
- After surgery: After undergoing surgery, especially abdominal surgery or gallbladder removal surgery (cholecystectomy) diarrhoea may occur.
- Wash your hands frequently. Wash your hands before and after preparing food. Wash your hands after handling uncooked meat, using the toilet, changing nappies, sneezing, coughing and blowing your nose.
- Use a hand sanitizer. When hand-washing is not possible, for example when you are using public facilities (hand rails, toilet door handles, escalator rails, ATM pin pads, the buttons on pay-parking machines etc. can be the biggest culprit in spreading germs).
- Vaccination. Can protect infants against the rotavirus.
- Prevent traveller’s diarrhoea. One tends to explore more and try “new” foods when travelling.
- Know what you eat.
- Consume hot, well-cooked foods.
- Raw vegetables / fruit should be avoided unless you can wash and peel them yourself.
- Avoid undercooked or raw meat.
- Consume dairy from reputable sources.
- Watch what you drink.
- Only drink water or beverages served in the original container.
- Avoid drinking tap water or the use of ice cubes.
- When brushing your teeth, use bottled water.
- Keep your mouth closed while showering.
- Coffee or tea (made with boiling water) might be safe, however, the caffeine might aggravate diarrhoea and dehydration.
- Alcohol can also aggravate diarrhoea and dehydration.
- Check for any travel warnings relating to the country / area where you are travelling to.
- Know what you eat.