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Allergic reactions can affect different areas of the body but are most likely to appear on the skin, in the tummy area and the respiratory tract. Please browse the symptom guide if you are looking for detailed explanations and pictures to each condition possibly caused by food allergy.

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Diarrhoea

Definition

Diarrhoea is frequent, loose, watery stools. The loss of fluids through diarrhoea can cause dehydration and electrolyte imbalances.

Acute diarrhoea is usually related to a bacterial, viral, or parasitic infection. It usually lasts 1 or 2 days and often goes away without special treatment. It may also be preceded by other symptoms, such as nausea, vomiting, chills, fever, or bloody stools.

Prolonged or chronic diarrhoeapersists longer, for more than 2 days, and may be a sign of a more serious disorder such as reaction to medicines, intestinal diseases, bowel disorders, or food allergies. Food allergycan trigger chronic diarrhoea as a consequence of an inflammation of the bowel.

Diarrhoea should be treated promptly to avoid dehydration risks, which is especially dangerous in newborns and infants. It is essential to quickly replace the fluid, salts and mineralslost during diarrhoea.

WARNING: If your child does not improve after 24 hours, call the doctor. This is especially important if your child is 6 months old or younger.

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