Diarrhea

Definition

Diarrhea is more than 3 loose, liquid stools in a single day. It depletes the body of fluids and electrolytes. Diarrhea can be:
  • Acute—Occurring suddenly and lasting briefly
  • Chronic—Long-term
  • Recurring—Coming and going
If the body loses too much fluid, it can become dehydrated . Dehydration is especially dangerous for babies, young children, and elderly people.

Causes

Causes may include:

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