Diarrhea consists of loose, watery stools, and having diarrhea means passing loose stools three or more times a day. Usually, acute diarrhea lasts one or two days, then goes away on its own.
Diarrhea lasting more than two days could indicate a more serious problem, and chronic diarrhea lasting at least four weeks could be a symptom of a chronic disease.
People of all ages can get diarrhea. Diarrhea may cause dehydration, which means the body lacks enough fluid and electrolytes to function properly. Usually, the only treatment required is to replace lost fluids and electrolytes to prevent dehydration.
Diarrhea symptoms may be reduced by avoiding caffeine, greasy foods, and foods that are high in fiber, sweets, and sugar substitutes.
Over-the-counter medicines (such as Imodium and Pepto-Bismol) may help stop diarrhea in adults, but these medicines should only be given to infants and children with your doctor’s guidance.
- “I had stomach cramping, along with loose, watery bowel movements after taking an antibiotic for a respiratory infection.”
- “For a few days, I was having bowel movements more often than usual, and when I had to go, the need was urgent. I also noticed mucus in my stools.”
- “I developed a slight fever, accompanied by stomach pain and nausea. When I had a bowel movement, it was watery. small bump near my anus, as well as a small crack in the skin around that area.”