Travellers’ diarrhoea Health Dictionary

Travellers’ Diarrhoea: From 1 Different Sources

Diarrhoea frequently recorded from travellers, especially those visiting tropical or developing regions of the world. Probably the commonest travel-related infection. Although it can be caused by a range of viral, bacterial, protozoan and even on occasions, fungal and helminthic agents, in excess of 80-90% of cases are due to enterotoxigenic Escherichia coli (ETEC) or less commonly enteroadherent Esch. coli (E.Ad.EC).
Health Source: Dictionary of Tropical Medicine
Author: Health Dictionary


Usually defined as the passage of three or more liquid motions within 24 hours. However, for exclusivelybreast-fed infants this may not be satisfactory and the definition is usually based upon what the mother considers to be diarrhoea.... diarrhoea

Toddler’s Diarrhoea

A common condition affecting some children for a period after the introduction of an adult diet. It occurs because the child is unable to digest food properly, perhaps because of inadequate chewing; the diarrhoea contains recognizable pieces of food. This diarrhoea is no cause for concern, and no treatment is needed.... toddler’s diarrhoea

Chronic Diarrhoea

Refers to diarrhoeal episodes of presumed infectious aetiology that begin acutely but have an unusually long duration, usually more than 14 days (see also WHO Classification).... chronic diarrhoea

Diarrhoeal Episode

Conventionally defined as beginning with the first 24-hour period that meets the definition of diarrhoea and ending with the last diarrhoeal day that is followed by at least two consecutive days that do not meet the definition of diarrhoea.... diarrhoeal episode

Persistent Chronic Diarrhoea

Diarrhoea that begins acutely but lasts more than 21 days. The usual enteropathogens are Shigella spp., Salmonella spp., Campylobacter jejuni, Yersinia enterocolitica, Capillaria philippinensis, Cryptosporidium. Giardia can also be a cause.... persistent chronic diarrhoea

Summer Diarrhoea

See DIARRHOEA; INFANT FEEDING.... summer diarrhoea


Herbs with an ability to arrest diarrhoea or soothe an irritable bowel. According to degree, an astringent may have a similar effect. A large group including:– Avens, Bistort, Catnep, Cinnamon, Hemlock Spruce, Holy Thistle, Kola nuts, Matico, Orris root, Rhatany root. ... anti-diarrhoeals

Traveller’s Diarrhoea

A disorder occurring in people who are visiting foreign countries.

Episodes of diarrhoea range in severity and are due to gastroenteritis.

Attention to hygiene, drinking bottled water, and avoiding ice in drinks can prevent a large proportion of episodes.... traveller’s diarrhoea

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