Diarrhea has many possible causes, of which the most likely is probably infectious gastroenteritis, causing diarrhea often with nausea and vomiting. But there are various other causes of acute diarrhea, and chronic ongoing diarrhea also has various chronic disorders as its cause. Diarrhea is often preceded by symptoms such as ...

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Diarrhoea is an increase in the frequency, runniness or volume of the faeces. Acute diarrhoea may be a symptom of infection of the digestive system (gastroenteritis) which is usually caused by a virus, but sometimes is caused by bacteria or parasites. It may also occur in association with other communicable diseases ...1

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Acute Diarrhea: There are various causes of sudden-onset acute diarrhea, such as:

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Causes of Diarrhea

What causes diarrhea? Acute and persistent diarrhea may have causes that are different from those of chronic diarrhea. In many cases, doctors do not find the cause of diarrhea. Most diarrhea goes away on its own within 4 days, and ...2

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Diagnosis of Diarrhea

Diagnosis: How do doctors find the cause of diarrhea? Doctors do not typically need to find a cause of acute diarrhea. If your diarrhea lasts longer than 4 days or you have symptoms such as fever or bloody stools, your ...3

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Causes List for Diarrhea

Possible causes of Diarrhea (or similar symptoms) may include:4

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Similar Symptoms

Is it diarrhea? Soft stool? Bloody diarrhea? Other possible symptoms to consider as a precise symptom description include:

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More specific types of diarrheal symptoms include:

Categories of diarrhea include:

Types of diarrhea by severity include:

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Clinical Features of Diarrhea

What are the symptoms of diarrhea? The main symptom of diarrhea is passing loose, watery stools three or more times a day. People with diarrhea may also have one or more of the following symptoms:

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Treatments for Diarrhea

NIAID-supported scientists discovered that children with bloody diarrhea should not be treated with antibiotics. Antibiotics can lead to the release of more bacterial toxins and increase kidney damage, including subsequent HUS. ...Source: NIAID (NIH)5 ...

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Prevention of Diarrhea

How can I prevent diarrhea? You can prevent certain types of diarrhea, such as those caused by infections—including rotavirus and traveler’s diarrhea—and foodborne illnesses. Infections You can reduce your chances of getting or spreading infections that can ...6

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  1. Source: Queensland Health: conditions.health.qld.gov.au/ HealthCondition/ condition/ 14/ 33/ 39/ diarrhoea-in-young-children
  2. Source: NIDDK (NIH): niddk.nih.gov/ health-information/ digestive-diseases/ diarrhea/ all-content
  3. ibid.
  4. Source: Algorithmically Generated List
  5. Source: NIAID (NIH): niaid.nih.gov/ diseases-conditions/ e-coli-treatment
  6. Source: NIDDK (NIH): niddk.nih.gov/ health-information/ digestive-diseases/ diarrhea/ all-content

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