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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Meenakshi Nagdeve, Co-Founder, Organic Facts is a health and wellness enthusiast and is responsible for managing it. She has completed the Nutrition And Healthy Living Cornell Certificate Program, Cornell University, US. She holds a Post Graduate Diploma in Management from IIM Bangalore and B. Tech in Metallurgical Engineering and Materials Science from IIT Bombay. Prior to this, she worked for a few years in IT and Financial services. An ardent follower of naturopathy, she believes in healing with foods. In her free time, she loves to travel and taste different types of teas.

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