Simple Answers to Medical Questions

Watery Stool and Liquid Diarrhea – Causes and Dangers

Normal Consistency of Stool

Stool (feces) may be of different consistency, shape and even color.  These different types of stool are medically characterized using the Bristol stool chart, which provides a graphical representation of various types of normal and abnormal stools.  Feces that are considered normal are elongated in shape like a sausage, and have a soft yet firm consistency. According to the Bristol stool chart, such normal stools are classified under type 3 and type 4 stool categories.

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Can Drinking A Lot of Water Cause Weight Gain or Loss?

When it comes to weight management fads, there is often misleading and conflicting reports especially on the Internet. Water consumption is one such case. In this article we look at how water consumption can affect your weight management goals. We are not focusing on fads like the 7 day water diet. Our focus is on regular and relatively normal water consumption during the course of a day, everyday. The question in most people’s minds is whether drinking a lot of water can cause you to lose weight or gain weight.

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Cholera (Vibrio Cholerae) Bacteria Traveler’s Diarrhea

What is Cholera?

Cholera is a bacterial disease where the intestinal infection leads to profuse watery diarrhea. The cholera bacteria is spread by consuming contaminated food or water. Although diarrhea is not an uncommon symptom, cholera diarrhea is so severe that it can cause severe dehydration within a very short while. The degree of dehydration leads to complications and ultimately death if appropriate medical intervention is not forthcoming. There are vaccines for cholera prevention but it only offers immunity for short periods. Therefore vaccination is only considered when there is a risk of outbreaks.

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