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Diarrhea Definition & Overview


Diarrhea is more than three loose, liquid stools in a single day. It depletes your body of fluids and electrolytes. Diarrhea can be:

  • Acute—occurring suddenly, and lasting briefly
  • Chronic—long-term
  • Recurring—occurring in recurrent episodes

If you lose too much fluid, you can become dehydrated . It is particularly dangerous for babies, young children, and elderly people.

Please be aware that this information is provided to supplement the care provided by your physician. It is neither intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice. CALL YOUR HEALTHCARE PROVIDER IMMEDIATELY IF YOU THINK YOU MAY HAVE A MEDICAL EMERGENCY. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider prior to starting any new treatment or with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition. Copyright © 2021 EBSCO Publishing All rights reserved.

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