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With diarrhea, the food and fluids that are ingested pass too quickly or in too large an amount through the colon. The fluids are not sufficiently absorbed, and the result is a watery bowel movement. In addition, the lining of the colon may be inflamed or diseased, making it less able to absorb fluids.

Acute diarrhea is something nearly everyone has experienced at one time or another. The loose, watery stools and abdominal cramps that characterize diarrhea usually last a couple of days.
Symptoms may include:
  • frequent, loose, watery stools
  • abdominal cramps
  • abdominal pain
  • fever
  • blood in the stool
  • bloating
  • bloody stoo
  • fever
Causes may include:
  • viruses
  • bacteria
  • parasites
  • medication
  • artificial sweeteners
  • certain types of surgery
  • Crohn's disease
  • ulcerative colitis
  • celiac disease
  • irritable bowel syndrome
Treatment may include:
  • medication
  • fluid replacement
  • treatment of the underlying condition

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