Most E. coli bacteria are harmless — and even part of a healthy human intestinal tract. But some are more dangerous, causing illness and even death.
You can fight traveler’s constipation or diarrhea by following your normal diet and exercise routine, drinking plenty of water and getting rest.
When you need to take antibiotics to treat a bacterial infection, the last thing you want to do is add more symptoms into the mix. Yet many people suffer from an upset stomach when taking antibiotics. Diarrhea is a common concern. So are abdominal cramping and gas. In the worst cases, long-term antibiotic use can … Read More
Measles is so contagious that if one person has it, 90 percent of the people close to that person who are not immune also will become infected.
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When it comes to quenching your thirst, water rules. But when it comes to knowing how much water you should drink every day, opinions are all over the map. Should you buy a 2-liter water bottle to get your 8 ounces in every day? Or is drinking when you’re thirsty enough to satisfy your fluid … Read More
Fecal incontinence is the accidental passing of solid or liquid stool or mucus from the rectum. You might be unable to hold a bowel movement until you reach a toilet or might pass stool into your underwear without being aware of it.
By Bret Lashner, MD Just the thought of a fecal transplant – of transplanting fecal matter from one person into another – may make a lot of people think, “ick.” It’s an uncomfortable idea. But consider that a fecal microbiota transplant can help people with stubborn, unhealthy gut flora. These are people struggling with recurring … Read More
I’m sure you’ve seen the large selection of foods marked “gluten-free” in your supermarket. Or maybe you know people on a gluten-free diet. They may have celiac disease, a very common condition that is not diagnosed very often. Nearly 2 million people in the United States have the disease, and most do not know that … Read More
Summer is the season of pool parties, fireworks, s’mores, and less delightfully, stinging insects that can cause a life-threatening reaction in 4 percent of the population. If you’re one of the estimated 2 million people in the United States who suffer from severe insect allergies, just setting foot outdoors during the warmer months can be … Read More