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Diarrhea

Also called: Dysentery, The runs, The trots

Summary

Diarrhea means that you have loose, watery stools more than three times in one day. You
may also have cramps, bloating, nausea and an urgent need to have a bowel movement.

Causes of diarrhea include bacteria, viruses or parasites, certain medicines, food
intolerances and diseases that affect the stomach, small intestine or colon. In many
cases, no cause can be found.

Although usually not harmful, diarrhea can become dangerous or signal a more serious
problem. You should talk to your doctor if you have a strong pain in your abdomen or
rectum, a fever, blood in your stools, severe diarrhea for more than three days or symptoms
of dehydration. If your child has diarrhea, do not hesitate to call the doctor for advice.
Diarrhea can be dangerous in children.

NIH: National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases

National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases

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