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Contents for Diarrhea
  1. Introduction: Diarrhea
  2. Causes (2312 conditions)
  3. Causes of Types
  4. Drug causes (2680 listings)
  5. Drug interaction causes (1686 listings)
  6. Diagnostic tests (21 listings)
  7. Questions your doctor may ask (and why) (19 listings)
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Diarrhea

Diarrhoea: Diarrhoea is listed as an alternate name or description for symptom:

Causes of Diarrhea (Diarrhoea): See detailed list of causes below.

Diarrhea (medical symptom): Loose, soft, or watery stool.

Introduction: Diarrhoea

Diarrhea (medical symptom): 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.

Article Excerpts for Diarrhoea:

Diarrhea (medical symptom): Diarrhea--loose, watery stools occurring more than three times in one day--is a common problem that usually lasts a day or two and goes away on its own without any special treatment. However, prolonged diarrhea can be a sign of other problems.

Diarrhea can cause dehydration, which means the body lacks enough fluid to function properly. Dehydration is particularly dangerous in children and the elderly, and it must be treated promptly to avoid serious health problems. (Source: excerpt from Diarrhea: NIDDK)

Causes of Diarrhea (Diarrhoea)

The list of medical condition causes of Diarrhea (Diarrhoea) includes:

All 2312 causes of Diarrhea

More Specific Symptoms for Diarrhoea:

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Related Symptoms for Diarrhoea

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More Symptom Information for Diarrhoea

For a medical symptom description of 'Diarrhoea', the following symptom information may be relevant to the symptoms: Diarrhea (symptom). However, note that other causes of the symptom 'Diarrhoea' may be possible.

More information on symptom: Diarrhea:

Diarrhoea: Diarrhoea is listed as an alternate name or description for Diarrhea. For a medical symptom description of 'Diarrhoea', the following disease information may be relevant to the symptoms: Diarrhea (disease information). However, numerous other possible causes of the symptom may be possible.

Diarrhoea (medical condition): Loose or watery stool.

Diarrhoea (medical condition): Diarrhea is any form of loose or watery stool, and is all too common. Acute diarrhea with a sudden onset is often caused by something eaten, such as food poisoning, viruses or bacteria as in infectious diarrhea or traveler's diarrhea, or even surprisingly by constipation. Chronic diarrhea that is ongoing could be any of numerous problems such as inflammatory bowel disease, celiac disease, irritable bowel syndrome, Crohn's disease, diabetic diarrhea, certain medications, or various other underlying conditions. See also the full list of conditions with symptoms of diarrhea.

Diarrhea is potentially serious if it leads to dehydration or electrolyte imbalances. This is true especially in infants, children, the elderly, or other at risk groups.

Diarrhoea: Diarrhea--loose, watery stools occurring more than three times in one day--is a common problem that usually lasts a day or two and goes away on its own without any special treatment. However, prolonged diarrhea can be a sign of other problems.

Diarrhea can cause dehydration, which means the body lacks enough fluid to function properly. Dehydration is particularly dangerous in children and the elderly, and it must be treated promptly to avoid serious health problems. (Source: excerpt from Diarrhea: NIDDK)

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