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Causes of Diarrhea

List of causes of Diarrhea

Following is a list of causes or underlying conditions (see also Misdiagnosis of underlying causes of Diarrhea) that could possibly cause Diarrhea includes:

More causes:see full list of causes for Diarrhea

Causes of Diarrhea (Diseases Database):

The follow list shows some of the possible medical causes of Diarrhea that are listed by the Diseases Database:

Source: Diseases Database

Diarrhea: Related Medical Conditions

To research the causes of Diarrhea, consider researching the causes of these these diseases that may be similar, or associated with Diarrhea:

Diarrhea: Causes and Types

Causes of Types of Diarrhea: Review the cause informationfor the various types of Diarrhea:

Causes of Broader Categories of Diarrhea: Review the causal information about the various more general categories of medical conditions:

Diarrhea as a complication of other conditions:

Other conditions that might have Diarrhea as a complication may, potentially, be an underlying cause of Diarrhea. Our database lists the following as having Diarrhea as a complication of that condition:

Diarrhea as a symptom:

Conditions listing Diarrhea as a symptom may also be potential underlying causes of Diarrhea. Our database lists the following as having Diarrhea as a symptom of that condition:

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.


Drug interactions causing Diarrhea:

When combined, certain drugs, medications, substances or toxins may react causing Diarrhea as a symptom.

The list below 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.

  • Misoprostol and magnesium-containing antacid interaction
  • Cytotec magnesium-containing antacid interaction
  • Lithium (Eskalith) and ACE Inhibitor interaction
  • Lithium (Eskalith) and Angiotensin Receptor Blocker (ARBs) interaction
  • Lithium (Eskalith) and COX-2 Inhibitor interaction
  • more interactions...»

What causes Diarrhea?

Causes: Diarrhea: Causes include viral, bacterial, or parasitic infections; food intolerance; reactions to medicine; intestinal diseases; and functional bowel disorders. (Source: excerpt from Diarrhea: NIDDK)
Article excerpts about the causes of Diarrhea:
Diarrhea may be caused by a temporary problem, like an infection, or a chronic problem, like an intestinal disease. A few of the more common causes of diarrhea are

  • Bacterial infections. Several types of bacteria, consumed through contaminated food or water, can cause diarrhea. Common culprits include Campylobacter, Salmonella, Shigella, and Escherichia coli.

  • Viral infections. Many viruses cause diarrhea, including rotavirus, Norwalk virus, cytomegalovirus, herpes simplex virus, and viral hepatitis.

  • Food intolerances. Some people are unable to digest a component of food, such as lactose, the sugar found in milk.

  • Parasites. Parasites can enter the body through food or water and settle in the digestive system. Parasites that cause diarrhea include Giardia lamblia, Entamoeba histolytica, and Cryptosporidium.

  • Reaction to medicines, such as antibiotics, blood pressure medications, and antacids containing magnesium.

  • Intestinal diseases, like inflammatory bowel disease or celiac disease.

  • Functional bowel disorders, such as irritable bowel syndrome, in which the intestines do not work normally.

Some people develop diarrhea after stomach surgery or removal of the gallbladder. The reason may be a change in how quickly food moves through the digestive system after stomach surgery or an increase in bile in the colon that can occur after gallbladder surgery.

In many cases, the cause of diarrhea cannot be found. As long as diarrhea goes away on its own, an extensive search for the cause is not usually necessary.

People who visit foreign countries are at risk for traveler's diarrhea, which is caused by eating food or drinking water contaminated with bacteria, viruses, or, sometimes, parasites. Traveler's diarrhea is a particular problem for people visiting developing countries. Visitors to the United States, Canada, most European countries, Japan, Australia, and New Zealand do not face much risk for traveler's diarrhea. (Source: excerpt from Diarrhea: NIDDK)

Medical news summaries relating to Diarrhea:

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Cause statistics for Diarrhea:

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Related information on causes of Diarrhea:

As with all medical conditions, there may be many causal factors. Further relevant information on causes of Diarrhea may be found in:

 

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