Dysentery is an infection of the intestines that causes diarrhoea containing blood or mucus. Other symptoms of dysentery include: painful stomach cramps. feeling sick or being sick (vomiting) a high temperature.
It is mostly caused by shigella bacteria (shigellosis) or an amoeba. Other causes are: contaminated food, contaminated water and other drinks, poor hand washing by infected people, swimming in contaminated water, such as lakes or pools, physical contact.
What is the difference between diarrhea and dysentery?
Diarrhea is a condition that involves the frequent passing of loose or watery stools while Dysentery is an intestinal inflammation, especially in the colon, that can lead to severe diarrhea with mucus or blood in the feces.
Dysentery is a significant cause of illness and death in young children, particularly those who live in less-developed countries.
Ways to cure dysentery
A diet known as BRAT may also quickly relieve diarrhea. BRAT stands for bananas, rice, apple-sauce and toast. This diet is effective due to the bland nature of these foods, and the fact that they’re starchy, low-fiber foods. These foods have a binding effect in the digestive tract to make stools bulkier.
Other suitable foods good for dysentery are:
- boiled potatoes.
- unseasoned crackers.
- hot cereals, such as oatmeal, cream of wheat, or rice porridge.
Dysentery is an inflammation of the intestine characterized by the frequent passage of feces with blood and mucus. Like cholera, dysentery is spread by fecal contamination of food and water, usually in impoverished areas with poor sanitation.