Archive for July, 2009

Types of Dysentry

Sunday, July 12th, 2009

Dysentery could be categorized into two major types namely:

  • Bacillary dysentery: Bacillary dysentery is caused by Shigella bacteria and might turn into deadly epidemic. Mostly children are infected by this bacteria and mortality rate is also high for infants. In adults this dysentery usually peters out rapidly; however, doctor’s intervention is necessary in order to thwart the recurrence.
  • Amebic dysentery: Amebic dysentery is caused by Entamoeba histolytica. Amebic dysentery is comparatively infrequent. This type of dysentery is quite prevalent in the area where human excrement is frequently used as fertilizer. Dirty hands, poor cleaning habit, unwashed or poorly washed hands and utensils used for serving and consuming food items might also lead to this disease.


Causes of Dysentry

Monday, July 6th, 2009

Here is a list of causes that lead to dysentery:

  • Dysentery is caused by amoebae, which are tiny organisms that exist as parasites and are spread through contaminated food and water when either is swallowed. By consuming contaminated food, they move into the intestines via the stomach. Amoebae spread by forming infective cysts, which can be found in feces and spread if whoever touches it does not wash their hands.
  • Disease causing germs can cause dysentery. The germs, which are supposed to cause this disease, develop in the colon only as a result of disintegration of excessive quantities of animal protein food, fried substances, too-spiced foods and hard-to-digest fatty substances.
  • The real cause of dysentery is thus dietary indiscretion and eating of excessive amounts of meat or fish in hot weather or tropical climate, which is unsuitable to the digestion of such foods.
  • Other causes include debility, fatigue, and chill, lowered vitality, intestinal disorders and overcrowding under unsanitary conditions.