Introduction: Diarrhea


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Diarrhea: Diarrhea is any form of loose or watery stool, and is all too common. Acute diarrhea with a sudden onset is often caused by something eaten, such as food poisoning, viruses or bacteria as in infectious diarrhea or traveler's diarrhea, or even surprisingly by constipation. Chronic diarrhea that is ongoing could be any of numerous problems such as inflammatory bowel disease, celiac disease, irritable bowel syndrome, Crohn's disease, diabetic diarrhea, certain medications, or various other underlying conditions. See also the full list of conditions with symptoms of diarrhea.

Diarrhea is potentially serious if it leads to dehydration or electrolyte imbalances. This is true especially in infants, children, the elderly, or other at risk groups.

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, prolonged diarrhea can be a sign of other problems.

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. 1

Researching symptoms of Diarrhea: Further information about the symptoms of Diarrhea is available including a list of symptoms of Diarrhea, other diseases that might have similar symptoms in differential diagnosis of Diarrhea, or alternatively return to research other symptoms in the symptom center.

Misdiagnosis and Diarrhea: Research more detailed information about misdiagnosis of Diarrhea, failure to diagnose Diarrhea, underlying causes of Diarrhea (possibly misdiagnosed), or research misdiagnosis of other diseases

Treatments for Diarrhea: Various information is available about treatments available for Diarrhea, prevention of Diarrhea, or research treatments for other diseases.

Causes of Diarrhea: Research more detailed information about the causes of Diarrhea, other possibly hidden causes of Diarrhea, or other general information about Diarrhea.

Statistics and Diarrhea: Various sources and calculations are available in statistics about Diarrhea, prevalence and incidence statistics for Diarrhea, and you can also research other medical statistics in our statistics center.

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1. excerpt from Diarrhea: NIDDK

Last revision: Nov 11, 2003

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