Symptom: Diarrhea


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Diarrhea: Loose, soft, or watery stool.
Introduction: This page examines a list of conditions causing diarrhea. Much more detailed information is available in the analysis of diarrhea as a disease.

Diarrhea is a very common symptom. Everyone is familiar with a sudden bout of acute diarrhea. Although many people assume sudden diarrhea is "something you ate" (i.e. food poisoning), it is commonly caused by infectious diarrhea (usually a gastrointestinal virus) and also parasitic conditions such as giardia or crypto.

There are also many other possible causes of diarrhea. Surprisingly, even constipation or fecal impaction can cause diarrhea or fecal incontinence, as only watery feces passes around the blockage. Diarrhea can indicate a serious condition and can itself be potentially serious if it leads to dehydration. Always seek prompt professional medical advice about any diarrhea or related symptoms.

Chronic diarrhea refers in medical terms to repeated bouts of diarrhea over a prolonged period, rather than the common usage of "chronic diarrhea" to mean severe diarrhea. Chronic diarrhea is a symptom that can also indicate several serious medical conditions.

It is important to distinguish true "diarrhea" (various degrees of softness of stool) from fecal incontinence, which is an inability to control or prevent bowel motions. Some people will say "diarrhea" when they are really talking about fecal incontinence. In many cases of acute diarrhea, diarrhea will cause (temporary) fecal incontinence, but sometimes they are entirely different issues.

More details about diarrhea are available in the discussion of diarrhea as a disease.


Detailed cause information for symptom: Diarrhea:
  • Possible causes of symptom: Diarrhea (182 conditions)
  • Medications or substances causing symptom: Diarrhea (3 listings)
  • Medical conditions causing symptom: Diarrhea (130 conditions)
  • Medical conditions causing complication: Diarrhea (8 conditions)

  • Disease information: see also Diarrhea condition information
  • Causes of Diarrhea (101 conditions)
  • Medication Causes of Diarrhea (11 causes)
    Medical articles on symptoms: These general medical articles may be of interest:

    Types of Diarrhea: bloody diarrhea (9), watery stool (15), loose stool (10), fecal urgency (3)
    Symptoms related to Diarrhea: constipation (45), stool changes (173), rectal bleeding (35), watery stool (15), soft stool
    Diarrhea type of: Digestive symptoms (397), Abdominal symptoms (272), Bowel problems (165), Bowel movements (155), Stool symptoms (173), Bowel incontinence (131)
    Symptoms: symptom center, symptom groups, symptom descriptions

    Possible causes of symptom: Diarrhea: The following medical conditions are some of the possible causes of Diarrhea as a symptom. There are likely to be other possible causes, so ask your doctor about your symptoms.

    Medications or substances causing Diarrhea: The following drugs, medications, substances or toxins are some of the possible causes of Diarrhea as a symptom. This list is incomplete and various other drugs or substances may cause your symptoms. Always advise your doctor of any medications or treatments you are using, including prescription, over-the-counter, supplements, herbal or alternative treatments.
    • Laxatives
    • Laxative abuse
    • Antibiotics - diarrhea is common because antibiotics kill off the "good" microbes in the digestive tract.

    Conditions listing symptoms: Diarrhea: The following list of conditions have 'Diarrhea' or similar listed as a symptom in our database. This computer-generated list may be inaccurate or incomplete. Always seek prompt professional medical advice about the cause of any symptom.

    A

  • Acute Appendicitis ... diarrhea
  • Acute kidney failure ... diarrhea
  • Addison's Disease ... severe diarrhea, diarrhea
  • Addisonian crisis ... severe diarrhea
  • Allergies ... diarrhea
  • Anaphylaxis ... diarrhea
  • Anthrax ... severe diarrhea

    B

  • Behcet's Disease ... diarrhea
  • Blastocystis hominis ... watery stool, loose stool, diarrhea
  • Brainerd diarrhea ... explosive diarrhea, diarrhea, fecal urgency, watery diarrhea, watery diarrhea

    C

  • Campylobacter food poisoning ... bloody diarrhea
  • Celiac Disease ... diarrhea, loose stool
  • Chemical pneumonia ... diarrhea
  • Cholera ... Stage 1: diarrheal stage, watery diarrhea, watery diarrhea, rice-water stools
  • Ciguatera poisoning ... diarrhea
  • Classic galactosemia ... diarrhea
  • Clostridium perfringens food poisoning ... Diarrhea
  • Colitis ... diarrhea
  • Colorectal cancer ... Diarrhea
  • Colorectal Polyps ... diarrhea, watery diarrhea, watery diarrhea
  • Common migraine ... diarrhea
  • Constipation ... diarrhea
  • Crohn's disease ... diarrhea
  • Cryptosporiosis ... watery diarrhea
  • Cyclic vomiting syndrome ... diarrhea
  • Cyclosporiasis ... explosive diarrhea, watery diarrhea, watery diarrhea, frequent diarrhea
  • Cystic Fibrosis ... persistent diarrhea

    D

  • Diabetes Insipidus ... diarrhea
  • Diabetic Diarrhea ... Loose stool, Chronic Diarrhea
  • Diabetic neuropathy ... diarrhea, Diabetic Diarrhea
  • Diarrhea ... watery stool, loose stool
  • Diarrheagenic Escherichia coli ... diarrhea, bloody diarrhea, Watery diarrhea, Watery diarrhea
  • Dientamoeba fragilis ... diarrhea, Loose stools
  • Diverticular Disease ... diarrhea

    E

  • E-coli food poisoning ... bloody diarrhea, watery diarrhea, watery diarrhea
  • Ebola ... diarrhea, bloody diarrhea
  • Ehrlichiosis ... diarrhea
  • Endometriosis ... diarrhea
  • Entamoeba histolytica ... diarrhea
  • Enteritis ... diarrhea
  • Enterocolitis ... diarrhea
  • Enterotoxigenic Escherichia coli ... profuse watery diarrhea
  • Escherichia coli O157:H7 ... diarrhea, bloody diarrhea

    F

  • Fascioliasis ... diarrhea
  • Favism ... diarrhea
  • Fecal impaction ... watery stool, diarrhea
  • Fecal incontinence ... diarrhea
  • Food allergies ... diarrhea
  • Food intolerances ... diarrhea
  • Food poisoning ... diarrhea

    G

  • Gastrinoma ... diarrhea
  • Gastritis ... diarrhea
  • Gastroenteritis ... diarrhea
  • Gastrointestinal Anthrax ... severe diarrhea
  • Giardia ... acute diarrhea
  • Glanders ... diarrhea

    H

  • Headache-free migraine ... diarrhea
  • Hemolytic uremic syndrome ... diarrhea
  • Hepatitis ... diarrhea
  • Hepatitis A ... diarrhea
  • Hepatitis B ... diarrhea
  • Hepatitis C ... diarrhea
  • Hepatitis D ... diarrhea
  • Hepatitis E ... diarrhea
  • Hepatitis X ... diarrhea
  • Hirschsprung's disease ... diarrhea
  • HIV/AIDS ... diarrhea, severe and persistent diarrhea
  • Hookworm ... Diarrhea
  • Hyper-IgM Syndrome ... chronic diarrhea
  • Hyperthyroidism ... diarrhea

    I

  • Inflammatory bowel disease ... diarrhea
  • Intestinal pseudo-obstruction ... loose stool
  • Irritable bowel syndrome ... diarrhea

    L

  • Lactose Intolerance ... diarrhea
  • Lassa fever ... diarrhea
  • Legionnaires' disease ... diarrhea
  • Leptospirosis ... diarrhea
  • Listeriosis ... diarrhea

    M

  • Malabsorption ... diarrhea
  • Marburg virus ... diarrhea
  • Mastocytosis ... Diarrhea
  • Melioidosis ... diarrhea
  • Meningitis ... diarrhea
  • Middle ear infection ... diarrhea
  • Mycobacterium avium Complex ... diarrhea
  • Ménétrier's disease ... diarrhea

    N

  • Neuroblastoma ... diarrhea
  • Norwalk-like viruses ... diarrhea

    O

  • Ovarian Cancer ... diarrhea

    P

  • Pellagra ... diarrhea
  • Pernicious anemia ... diarrhea

    Q

  • Q fever ... diarrhea

    R

  • Radiation sickness ... diarrhea
  • Rapid gastric emptying ... diarrhea
  • Reiter’s syndrome ... diarrhea
  • Rocky Mountain spotted fever ... diarrhea
  • Rotavirus ... diarrhea

    S

  • Salmonella enteritidis ... diarrhea
  • Salmonella food poisoning ... diarrhea
  • SARS ... diarrhea
  • Schistosomiasis ... diarrhea
  • SCID ... chronic diarrhea
  • Scombrotoxic fish poisoning ... diarrhea
  • Shigellosis ... bloody diarrhea
  • Short Bowel Syndrome ... Diarrhea
  • Sprue ... diarrhea
  • Staphylococcus aureus food poisoning ... diarrhea
  • Steatorrhea ... loose stool
  • Stomach cancer ... Diarrhea
  • Strongyloidiasis ... diarrhea, chronic diarrhea
  • Sudden Digestive Conditions ... diarrhea

    T

  • Toxic Shock Syndrome ... Diarrhea
  • Traveler's diarrhea ... diarrhea, loose stool, fecal urgency
  • Trichinosis ... diarrhea
  • Typhoid fever ... diarrhea, blood in diarrhea

    U

  • Ulcerative colitis ... urgent bowel movements, bloody diarrhea, watery diarrhea, watery diarrhea
  • Urinary tract infections ... loose stool
  • Urinary tract infections (child) ... loose stool

    V

  • Vibrio parahaemolyticus ... watery diarrhea
  • Vibrio vulnificus ... diarrhea
  • Viral dysentery ... acute diarrhea, watery diarrhea, watery diarrhea
  • Viral gastroenteritis ... watery diarrhea
  • Viral Hepatitis ... diarrhea
  • Viral meningitis ... diarrhea

    W

  • Weil's syndrome ... diarrhea
  • Whipple's Disease ... diarrhea
  • Whipworm ... diarrhea, bloody diarrhea
  • Whooping Cough ... diarrhea

    Y

  • Yersiniosis ... diarrhea, bloody diarrhea

    Z

  • Zollinger-Ellison syndrome ... diarrhea
    Conditions listing complications: Diarrhea: The following list of conditions have 'Diarrhea' or similar listed as a complication in our database. The distinction between a symptom and complication is not always clear, and conditions mentioning this symptom as a complication may also be relevant. This computer-generated list may be inaccurate or incomplete. Always seek prompt professional medical advice about the cause of any symptom.

    A

  • Autonomic neuropathy ... diabetic diarrhea

    C

  • Constipation ... diarrhea

    D

  • Diabetes ... diabetic diarrhea
  • Diabetic neuropathy ... Diabetic Diarrhea

    M

  • Multiple endocrine neoplasia type 1 ... diarrhea

    S

  • Sjogren's Syndrome ... diarrhea

    T

  • Type 1 diabetes ... diabetic diarrhea
  • Type 2 diabetes ... diabetic diarrhea

    Related medical articles for Diarrhea:
  • Introduction: Diarrhea
  • Basic Summary for Diarrhea
  • Types of Diarrhea
  • Causes of Diarrhea
  • Medication Causes of Diarrhea
  • Symptoms of Diarrhea
  • Complications of Diarrhea
  • Diagnostic Tests for Diarrhea
  • Treatments for Diarrhea
  • Prevention of Diarrhea


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