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Why Does Diarrhea Burn?

Why Does Diarrhea Burn?

While in the digestive system, various chemicals are used to break down all the nutrients in your stomach. These chemicals are simply enzymes, which are proteins that perform a single function, in this case to break down various food particles into energy and nutrients, and gastric acid, which is made of mostly hydrochloric acid, potassium chloride and sodium chloride (both are salts). These tiny food particles ‚ now at the point of very simple molecules ‚ can easily be absorbed by your intestines. In the small intestine, the food is a thick but liquid mixture of the foods, acids and enzymes ‚ usually as it travels through the small intestine, all the nutrients are absorbed and the enzymes are degraded by the changing pH, as the acid breaks down into water and salt. As it enters the large intestine, it becomes much thicker and firmer as it begins to become fecal matter ‚ what we normally refer to as poop.

However, when someone has something that is causing diarrhea, the fluids move through the intestines much faster, not letting any of the nutrients or water be absorbed, or the acids and enzymes broken down. The fluid poop is passed through the digestive system too quickly for any of the normal physiological processes to occur, and it quickly exits the anus in the form of diarrhea. The burning sensation is caused by the still active enzymes and non-broken down acids on the very sensitive skin areas of the rectum and anus.

There are many different types of diarrhea, and the types can often offer a diagnosis as to the problems causing the diarrhea. This is very helpful, so if you are currently having diarrhea, it is best to try and capture a sample, and bring it to your doctor for testing and examination, especially if the diarrhea has been going on for more than a day or two. This could be a sign of much more pressing internal problems, and should be looked at by a medical professional.


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