What is Diarrhea?

Diarrhea is watery stools that the body releases three or more times a day. Diarrhea may be acute, persistent, or chronic.

  • Acute: lasts no more than three days
  • Peristent: lasts more than a few days.
  • Chronic Diarrhea: last at least four weeks.

Diarrhea can be a sign of other medical conditions, including Crohn’s Disease, Ulcerative colitis, and bacterial overgrowth. When the cause of the Diarrhea is identified, Diarrhea can usually be controlled.

What causes Diarrhea?

There are some causes of Diarrhea, but are not limited to:

  • Bacteria and parasites from water or contaminated food
  • Viruses like flu and norovirus
  • Rotavirus, a common cause of acute Diarrhea in children.
  • Antibiotics, cancer drugs, and antacids that contain magnesium
  • Food intolerances and sensitivities.
  • Diseases that affect the digest system, such as Crohn’s disease
  • Irritable Bowel System
  • Stomach surgery can cause food to move through your digestive system more quickly.

How is Diarrhea treated?
Treatment depends on the cause to treat Diarrhea or infection-causing by Diarrhea. Doctors recommend drink water, sodas without caffeine, and salty broths. Diarrhea in children is often treated with oral rehydration solutions. In most cases, mild and un-complicated Diarrhea can be treated at home.