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Diarrhoea is characterised by passage of loose or watery stools three or more times in a day. Acute diarrhoea is most often caused by an infection with virus or bacteria. Chronic diarrhoea may be caused by infection or it may be a symptom of some other disorder. If there is blood in the stool during diarrhoea – with or without mucus – it is called dysentery.
Diarrhoea in most cases is a self limiting illness which improves in a few days. However repeated diarrhoea can cause dehydration. Consult a doctor for diarrhoea if the person passes more than 6 stools in a day, has blood in stool, high fever, recurrent vomiting, or shows signs of dehydration.
Acute diarrhoea in most cases is a self limiting illness which improves in a few days. Symptoms of diarrhoea usually subside in five to seven days in children, and rarely last for more than four days in adults. If the diarrhoea lasts 14 days or more, it is known as chronic or persistent diarrhoea. Duration of chronic diarrhoea depends on the underlying cause.
"Diarrhea kept me from going out and doing things. My nurse told me how important it was to drink more liquids. Drinking more water and avoiding certain foods helped me feel a lot better."