Diarrhea: Causes & Symptoms

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On occasion, everyone has had diarrhea – loose, watery in consistency, and even more frequent bowel movements. It could be because you were traveling, and the change of diet or an infection may have caused it but when it persists for weeks it can indicate something more serious.

What is Diarrhea?

Diarrhea is nothing but a manifestation of improper functioning of the digestive system. There are two types of diarrhea: acute and chronic. It takes around 3-4 days to be cured, depending on the intensity of the impact caused by the disease or infection. The duration and severity may depend on a person’s health history as well. Sometimes, changing your diet can also help cure it.

Causes

There are many causes of diarrhea including:

 

  • Lactose intolerance
  • Food poisoning
  • Premenstrual syndrome
  • Viral infection (like viral gastroenteritis)
  • Bacteria consumed through contaminated food or water
  • Presence of excessive fluid in the intestine
  • Antibiotics
  • Diseases that affect the stomach or small intestine

Symptoms

There are many symptoms of diarrhea that are easily identifiable including:

  • Stomach aches
  • Loose stools
  • Cramps
  • Bloating
  • Nausea
  • And in some cases, fever might accompany
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