Diarrhoea – Causes, Symptoms and treatment

Diarrhoea is the condition where there is a need for frequent bowel movements and the stools are loose and watery. It can be acute and resolve itself in a few days or become chronic and last longer with other accompanying issues or conditions.


Loose, watery stool, blood in stool, dehydration,  abdominal pain or cramps, accompanied by nausea, bloating, or fever.

Common Causes

Acute diarrhoea could be caused by food poisoning, food allergies, or a viral or bacterial infection. Chronic diarrhoea can be caused by an underlying disorder like Irritable Bowel Syndrome.


Acute diarrhoea resolves itself in a few days. Common treatment is to replace the fluids lost – lots of water, and electrolytes. For infections, an antibiotic may be prescribed. For chronic conditions, a doctor can assess and recommend proper next steps.

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