Diarrhea--loose, watery stools occurring more than three times in one day--is a common problem that usually lasts a day or two and goes away on its own without any special treatment. However, prolonged diarrhea can be a sign of other problems. People with diarrhea may pass more than a quart of stool a day. Diarrhea can cause dehydration, which means the body lacks enough fluid to function properly. Dehydration is particularly dangerous in children and the elderly, and it must be treated promptly to avoid serious health problems

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Diarrhea Symptoms

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Signs and symptoms
... Signs and symptoms associated with diarrhea may include: Frequent, loose, watery stools Abdominal cramps Abdominal pain Fever Bleeding In addition, other symptoms such as nausea and vomiting may prece...
Source: MayoClinic

Causes
... Normally, the food you eat remains in liquid form during most of the digestive process. When food passes through your colon, most of the fluids are absorbed and what remains is a semisolid stool. In d...
Source: MayoClinic

Diarrhea Prevention

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Prevention
... You can help prevent the spread of viral diarrhea by washing your hands and encouraging your children to wash their hands. Because viral diarrhea spreads easily, it''s a good idea to keep your child h...
Source: MayoClinic

Diarrhea Treatment

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TMP Sulfa/Bactrim
... What is TMP sulfa? TMP sulfa (trimethoprim and sulfamethoxazole, double strength) is an antibiotic used to treat infections, such as digestive problems (diarrhea) and urinary tract infections. TMP sul...
Source: Cleveland Clinic

Treatment
... Most cases of diarrhea clear on their own in a few days without treatment. If you''ve sought medical attention, your doctor likely will advise you to be sure to drink enough replacement fluids and an ...
Source: MayoClinic

Diarrhea Other

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Digestive Diseases and Nutrition: Questions and Answers
... My doctor recommended I talk to a registered dietitian about following a fat-controlled eating plan to control my chronic diarrhea. I don’t understand how changes in my diet can help me. Please explai...
Source: Cleveland Clinic

Nutrition Problems and Their Solutions 
... A variety of medical problems can affect your appetite. Your illness, medications, or surgery can cause these problems. Many patients become frustrated when they know that they need to eat to get well...
Source: Cleveland Clinic

Diarrhea Treatment

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Childhood Diarrhea
... Diarrhea is when you pass stool many times a day, and it is watery and loose. (Passing stool is called having a “bowel movement.”) Diarrhea is one way your child’s body fights infection. Diarrhea can ...
Source: HealthWorld

Childhood Diarrhea
... The number and consistency of stools varies a great deal. Loose stools are normal in the breast fed infant. If baby is vomiting and having more than 8 watery stools there is danger of dehydration and ...
Source: HealthWorld

Diarrhea Other

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Diarrhea
... Diarrhea is a symptom that can be indicative of a variety of diseases; it may be caused by an infection (dysentry), an inflammatory process (colitis), stress or dietary indiscretion. Sometimes no clea...
Source: HealthWorld

   

Diarrhea Articles

  • Colonoscopy
    ... The digestive system Colonoscopy (koh-luh-NAH-skuh-pee) lets the physician look inside your entire large intestine, from the lowest part, the rectum, all the way up through the colon to the lower end ...
  • Diarrhea
    ... Diarrhea--loose, watery stools occurring more than three times in one day--is a common problem that usually lasts a day or two and goes away on its own without any special treatment. However, prolonge...
  • Digestive Diseases Dictionary
    ... This dictionary defines words that are often used when talking or writing about digestive diseases. It is designed for people who have digestive diseases and their families and friends. The words are ...
  • Flexible Sigmoidoscopy
    ... The digestive system Flexible sigmoidoscopy (SIG-moy-DAH-skuh-pee) enables the physician to look at the inside of the large intestine from the rectum through the last part of the colon, called the sig...
  • Irritable Bowel Syndrome
    ... Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is a disorder that interferes with the normal functions of the large intestine (colon). It is characterized by a group of symptoms--crampy abdominal pain, bloating, cons...
  • Ulcerative Colitis
    ... Ulcerative colitis is a disease that causes inflammation and sores, called ulcers, in the lining of the large intestine. The inflammation usually occurs in the rectum and lower part of the colon, but ...