Diarrhea

Diarrhea

Diarrhea is one of the most common health complaints. It can range from a mild, temporary condition, to a potentially life-threatening one. Globally, an estimated 2 billion cases of diarrheal disease occur each year, and 1.9 million children under the age of 5 years, mostly in developing countries, die from diarrhea. Diarrhea is characterized by abnormally loose or watery stools. Some people frequently pass stools, but they are of normal consistency. This is not diarrhea. Similarly, breastfed babies often pass loose, pasty stools. This is normal. It is not diarrhea.


Fast facts on diarrhea

  • Most cases of diarrhea are caused by bacteria, viruses, or parasites
  • Inflammatory bowel diseases (IBD) including Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis can cause chronic diarrhea
  • Antidiarrheal medications can reduce diarrheal output and zinc supplement is effective in children
  • Some nutritional and probiotic interventions may help prevent diarrhea


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