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Amoebic Dysentery

 

Amoebic dysentery is condition where the intestine or the digestive system gets infected and inflamed.

Causes

  • Amoeba called Entamoeba histolytica
  • Contaminated food and water
  • Infected stools

Symptoms

  • Severe diarrhea
  • Vomiting
  •  Abdominal cramps
  • Flatulence
  • Painful passage of stools
  • Blood or mucous in stools
  • Foul smelling loose stools

Treatment
Usually, amoebic dysentery is treated with metronidazole. Fluid intake is of utmost importance as there is a big risk of dehydration. Hospitalization may be required in severe cases to replace fluids intravenously.

Prevention

  • Drinking water should be properly filtered and preferably boiled
  • Raw fruits and vegetable should be washed  thoroughly
  • All foods should be cooked thoroughly
  • Hands should be washed properly with soap after using the toilet
  • Overall hygiene should be maintained in the house and toilets

  
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