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  • 14772 Common Misconceptions; Getting the Facts Straight

  • H: Lis Speight, Host A: Dr Christian Jessen, Health Expert

  • B: Jackie Bell, a patient with personal experience of the problem

  • H: Why do so many people believe that diarrhoea should be left to run its course, without

  • treating it? A: I think there are a number of myths, first

  • of all when you read about diarrhoea, you tend to read about the more extreme cases

  • and those awful bacterial causes salmonella, Campylobacter and Cholera and usually they

  • are probably best treated with antibiotics or to be left to run its cause. Generally

  • stress diarrhoea you do need to treat but if you like most people, working , running

  • about, got things to so when actually, treating it is going to be the best way to get on with

  • your life. H: Now some people think that if you take

  • diarrhoea tablets it sort of bungs you up and stops any bugs that youve got from

  • coming out of your system. Is that right? A: Well, it is a very common myth actually

  • that I hear a lot and I would say, as I said before, if you have high fevers, cramps, a

  • lot of mucus coming out then actually go and seek medical advice first before you take

  • anything yourself. But for that short lived, acute diarrhoea where it is just the diarrhoea

  • and maybe a bit of cramping, no it’s not right at all and it will absolutely help you

  • to get on with your life, stop you living in the bathroom for 3 days and it will relieve

  • the symptoms, make you feel a lot more comfortable, wont it. So no, it is fine to take medication.

  • H: And how long should you wait before seeking advice. How long were you suffering before

  • you went to the pharmacist? B: Maybe 2 or 3 weeks because at that time

  • I was getting it the whole time but now I have it about every 10 days, 2 weeks and I

  • can more of less tell when it’s going to happen. Just something will go in my stomach

  • and sayright, I’m going to make you want to sit on the toilet for a long time.’

  • A: In Jackie’s case I mean, she knows absolutely what it is, where it comes from, what’s

  • going to set it off and that’s fine, I’d say she doesn’t really need to seek medical

  • advice now. H: Because she is managing it really well,

  • aren’t you, which is good. B: Yes, yes.

  • A: I think, if you have your first bout of diarrhoea or a bout of diarrhoea after a long

  • period of normal bowel movements anything lasting longer than about 3 days I would always

  • say, look just seek advice. Check if there is nothing else going on that could be dealt

  • with as well. H: Ok. Well that’s just about all weve

  • got time for but before we go top tip from both of you. Jackie, what would you say?

  • B: Carry some pills along with you and always have a bottle of water with you, which I always

  • do and I also know if I’m going out I try to know where the toilets are.

  • H: Good tip, always look for the loo. A: Gosh youve done all the good ones, you

  • haven’t left me any! I was going to say actually just be prepared, you know, just

  • always have something at least at home and don’t under estimate how quickly diarrhoea

  • can dehydrate you, particularly if you are in a warm country or in summer in this country.

  • It’s simple, just make sure youre getting plenty of fluids on board.

  • H: Jackie thanks so much for coming and Christian for all your advice.

  • A + B: Thank you. H: Thanks for watching well see you next

  • time, bye bye.

14772 Common Misconceptions; Getting the Facts Straight

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    Elly Li posted on 2017/07/27
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