10 Causes Of Diarrhea

What Is Diarrhea?

Almost everyone has had an occasional bout of diarrhea in their daily life. Diarrhea is characterized by loose, watery stools, and more frequent bowel movements. Most commonly, it lasts only a few days and often goes away on its own. But if diarrhea lasts for weeks, you may need to see a doctor.

What Are The Symptoms Of Diarrhea?

The symptoms of diarrhea are almost as unpleasant as the act itself. The common symptoms and signs of diarrhea include loose and watery stools, nausea, fever, abdominal pain, stomach cramps, bloody stools, bloating and dehydration. Other symptoms can also present depending on the causes of diarrhea.

What Causes Diarrhea?

A number of conditions can cause diarrhea, including:

Diarrhea Cause #1: Food Poisoning

Food poisoning is a common cause of diarrhea. It happens when you eat food contaminated with bacteria, parasites or viruses. In this case, people may experience nausea, stomach cramps or vomiting, in addition to the diarrhea. All of these symptoms can begin as early as an hour after eating and may disappear within two or three days.

Food poisoning isn't uncommon. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 1 in 6 Americans get sick from food poisoning each year. To prevent food poisoning, wash your hands with soap before preparing or eating food, and avoid raw fruits and vegetables. If someone you know has diarrhea, don't share dishes or utensils with them.

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