Diarrhea is a frequent, fluid bowel movement that occurs more than three times in a day. Even if losing stools and changes in the motions of the bowel can vary without being connected, changes occur often in both in case of diarrhea. There are various causes of diarrhea.
Diarrhea is a frequent, fluid or soft bowel movement that occurs more than three times in a day. Diarrhea can be relative or absolute. The condition is absolute when losing stools happens over five times a day. Diarrhea is relative when there is just an increase in the frequency of losing stools or of bowel motions per day compared with the usual bowel frequency of the individual. Diarrhea can be either chronic or acute. Each case comes with different treatment options and causes. Without treatment, the disease can lead to various complications including electrolyte abnormalities, dehydration, and inflammation of the anus.
The causes of diarrhea are many and range from infections to medication, chronic gastrointestinal diseases, food intolerance, celiac disease, over consumption of certain sweets, and psychological triggers. Infections of the gastrointestinal tract are often preceded by nausea, vomiting, and sometimes a fever. Known causes of diarrhea include certain antibiotics and laxatives, as well as the sorbitol in chewing gum and candies.
For the treatment of acute diarrhea, lost fluids and salts need to be replaced. Home remedies (such as salty crackers) can achieve this. Medication (such as Imodium®) can be helpful for cases of watery diarrhea and fever. Antibiotics are only necessary if diarrhea is bloody and a fever is present, in which case a doctor should absolutely be contacted. Chronic or long term cases of diarrhea also require a doctor’s attention so that the cause can be found.
Several years of work in academia, medical practice and finally commercialization make it possible to provide an end-to-end process to help users to “find the appropriate medical help based on their present symptoms”. Below you will find a short explanation, showing you which part of the platform will help you best in finding the appropriate medical support.
Proceed as follows to enter your current symptoms.
Click on the appropriate body part on the picture. Select one/multiple symptoms corresponding to your complaint.
You can also add symptoms by typing your medical complaint in the search box and selecting the best matching suggestion.
Note: Your information will be kept anonymously.
Once you have selected all applicable symptoms, click the “analyze disease pattern”-button.
Accordingly, you will get a list of possible diseases and matching doctor categories who can further help you.
You can inform yourself about the possible diseases by reading the related information. But you can also return to the previous step and add more symptoms or delete already added ones to further narrow down your disease pattern.
Click on the desired doctor category to find a doctor who can help you.
If you are logged in with your profile, you will be displayed the appropriate doctors in your area. Otherwise you can enter an address in the “address” field and you will be displayed a doctor’s list around that specified address.
You will receive further information about the displayed doctors when you press on “details”.
Online bookable doctors in your area will be indicated with the notation “Book appointment” or “Book externally”, additionally they will be displayed on top of the list for your convenience.
Click on “Book appointment” to start the online appointment booking process with the desired doctor.
Please select an available appointment. “Green“ appointments are booked directly. “Red“ appointments need to be confirmed by the doctor.
Enter your general personal and health information.
Enter your present medical symptoms.
Enter your mobile phone number to identify yourself and you can finalize the appointment booking.
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