Dysentery is an inflammation of the intestine causing diarrhea with blood. Other symptoms may include fever, abdominal pain, and rectal tenesmus (a feeling of incomplete defecation).
It is caused by a number of types of infection such as bacteria, viruses, parasitic worms, or protozoa. It is a type of gastroenteritis. The mechanism is an inflammatory disorder of the intestine, especially of the colon.
The mouth, skin, and lips may appear dry due to dehydration. Lower abdominal tenderness may also be present.
Dysentery is managed by maintaining fluids by using oral rehydration therapy. Fluid intake should include rehydration or sports drinks. If nothing else is available, drink water. If this treatment cannot be adequately maintained due to vomiting or the profuseness of diarrhea, hospital admission may be required for intravenous fluid replacement.
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