Diarrhea is characterized by loose, watery stools. You have diarrhea if you have loose stools three or more times in one day. Diarrhea that lasts longer than a few days could be a sign of a more serious problem.

Diarrhea is commonly caused by bacteria from food or water, diseases that affect the stomach and small intestine or parasites.

Signs & Symptoms:

  • Cramps or pain in the abdomen
  • Urgent need to use the bathroom
  • Loss of bowel control

Treatment Options:

Diarrhea is typically treated by replacing any loss of lost fluids and electrolytes to prevent dehydration. Depending on the severity of diarrhea, you may need medicines to treat the problem.