Amoebic Dysentery

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What causes it?

The infection is caused by a parasite called "Entamoeba histolytica." (EH) These are microscopic one-celled parasites commonly known as amoebas. Entamoeba histolytica exists as two forms in contaminated food and drink.

Symptoms

Mild early symptoms Weight loss Anaemia Indigestion Intermittent diarrhoea with foul-smelling stool that may be preceded by constipation. Dehydration Blood and mucus in the stool. Gas and Abdominal Bloating Abdominal cramps and tenderness Fever Fatigue Chills

How to treatment?

Taking drugs called antibiotics can get rid of your diarrhorea and clear up the infection in your bowels.You'll usually be given two drugs if you have amoebic dysentery. You first take a drug called metronidazole, then switch to another drug called diloxanide furoate.The diarrhoea you get if you have amoebic dysentery can make your body lose too much water. So, it's important to drink lots of fluids.It's important to wash your hands thoroughly after going to the toilet and before preparing food. This can stop amoebic dysentery spreading to other people.       If you have amoebic dysentery, your diarrhoea may go away without treatment. But if the amoeba parasites that made you ill are still living in your bowels (intestines), you can get diarrhoea again. Treatment can help clear up your symptoms and kill the amoebas in your bowels.
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