In the case of sudden diarrhoea, those affected usually first ask the pharmacy for advice and seek rapid help against their symptoms. Foreign-language customers are grateful if they can communicate in English at the pharmacy and receive advice.
Diarrhoea is not an illness but a symptom. The most frequent causes for a sudden onset of diarrhoea are infections. There are, however, also other causes that can trigger diarrhoea such as an antibiotic therapy, food intolerances as well as stress situations. In the case of adults, diarrhoea mostly subsides within a few days.
Severe diarrhoea without any apparent causes is, however, always a reason to see a doctor immediately. This especially applies whenever children are involved. Self-medication has reached its limit as soon as a temperature of higher than 39° C and blood in the faeces occur.
Information and Questions
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|Elektrolytmischung||electrolyte blend, (isotonic saline solution)|
|Menge genau abmessen||measure the quantity exactly|
|verdorbenes Lebensmittel||spoilt (contaminated) food|
|in Wasser auflösen||to dissolve in water|
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First of all Water
Diarrhoea is characterised by three or more loose bowel movements per day. Travel-related diarrhoea can in addition have attendant symptoms such as a temperature, tummy ache, bloating, nausea and vomiting.
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Help in an acute emergency
People in foreign-speaking countries usually visit a pharmacy because of slight health problems. However, in some cases the pharmacy also acts as a first point of contact.
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Advice for acute ear pain
English language skills usually help in advising foreign-language customers. Especially in the case of severe earaches, those affected first seek quick help in the pharmacy to relieve their symptoms.