What Is Diarrhea?

Diarrhea is loose, watery stools that occur more frequently than usual. Those with diarrhea may also experience abdominal cramps and a greater volume of stool. Diarrhea varies in specific symptoms, severity and duration. Acute diarrhea usually lasts for a few days and is typically caused by a bacterial, viral or parasitic infection. While Chronic diarrhea persists longer and can sometimes indicate a disorder or disease.

What causes Diarrhea?

There are many causes of diarrhea. Acute diarrhea may be cause by: food poisioning, Giardiasis, Lactose intolerance, Norovirus infection, Rotovirus, Salmonella infection, Traveler’s diarrhea, etc. Chronic Diarrhea can be caused by: Celiac disease, Colon cancer, Crohn’s disease, Hepatitis A, B, or C, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Ulcerative colitis, etc.

How do you treat Diarrhea?

In most cases, diarrhea will resolve itself within a few days of starting. Drinking clear fluids and sports drinks can help limit dehydration. Contact a health professional for diarrhea that doesn’t clear up within a few days since it may be the sign of a more serious digestive problem.

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