Suffering a bout of diarrhoea? Home hygiene could be the culprit

Suffering a bout of diarrhoea? Home hygiene could be the culprit

Unclean cooking surfaces, unhygienic eating and cleaning habits can all lead to diarrhoea. This article explains how to deal with it.

Do you or your family members often suffer from stomach upsets, especially a few hours after consuming meals? It could be the result of eating food prepared on roadside stalls, or poor home hygiene in the kitchen and other areas.

You could be the unwitting victim of diarrhoea, which often results from contaminated food and water. This article looks at diarrhoea symptoms, how you or a loved one may suffer from the disorder, and what to do to combat it.

Symptomsof diarrhoea

Diarrhoea typically manifests itself as watery stools and painful abdominal cramps. You lose your appetite and are unable to digest most food. In severe cases, a person may even face distress after drinking plain water.

Typically, the symptoms of diarrhoea include frequent watery stools, painful abdominal cramps, lack of appetite, inability to digest food, and general apathy.

How does one get diarrhoea?

The most common reason for the disorder is consuming parasitic bacteria via contaminated food or beverages. The parasitic bacteria proliferate in stale food, or food prepared using unclean hands. The germs may also be transferred by pests like houseflies and fruit flies. The problem is most commonly caused by the incubation of bacterial infections like E-Coli and Salmonella in the human digestive tract. These bacteria thrive in contaminated food and dirty water, and enter the system through unhygienically prepared food, dirty hands handling food and water, unclean chopping or cooking surfaces, eating or drinking food exposed to pests, etc.

  • Diarrhoea symptomsare exacerbatedwhen one already has a tummy upset or may have a long-standing bowel disorder like IBS, ulcerative colitis or Crohn’s Disease.
  • As of now, there are no cures for the disorder. However, you may take anti-diarrhoeal medications to reduce the frequency and intensity of watery stools. The medications may also help improve appetite and the body’s resistance to the parasites inside the system.
  • The first step in curbing the spread of the disease, is to ensure that your hands are germ-free when preparing food, or eating food with your bare hands.
  • The simplest way to curb the problem is to wash your hands before and during handling raw food, and while cooking. This can be done by washing the hands several times a day with antibacterial hand washing soap.

Keep food safe from pest and bacterial contamination

  • Another way to prevent diseases like diarrhoea is to keep all food covered. Serve food hot to kill lurking bacteria. If food is left over 48 hours after cooking, discard it.
  • Food kept uncovered is prone to contamination from airborne germs and pests like houseflies and cockroaches.
  • Post cooking and eating, soak all cutlery and crockery in hot water to kill germs, and wash them with antibacterial kitchen gel.
  • Wash all raw food under cold water prior to chopping, peeling or cooking. Clean all cooking and prep surfaces with antiseptic liquid mixed in water.

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