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British pronunciation/dˌaɪəɹˈiə/
American pronunciation/ˌdaɪɝˈiə/

a medical condition in which body waste turns to liquid and comes out frequently

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What is "diarrhea"?

Diarrhea is a common condition where a person passes loose or watery stools more frequently than usual. It can be caused by various factors, including viral or bacterial infections, food poisoning, dietary changes, medications, or underlying medical conditions like irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). Symptoms of diarrhea may include frequent bowel movements, abdominal cramps, bloating, nausea, and sometimes fever. Treatment typically involves staying hydrated by drinking plenty of fluids, consuming bland foods, and avoiding foods and drinks that can worsen diarrhea, such as caffeine and dairy products. In some cases, over-the-counter medications may help ease symptoms. However, if diarrhea persists for more than a few days, or is accompanied by severe symptoms like dehydration, blood in the stool, or high fever, it is important to seek medical attention.

Symptoms of giardiasis may include watery diarrhea, bloating, and weight loss.
Diarrhea from enteritis can lead to dehydration due to the loss of water.
Tim's pharmacist recommended a probiotic medication to help with his antibiotic-associated diarrhea.
Mary experienced acute food poisoning after eating contaminated seafood, leading to severe vomiting and diarrhea.
Intestinal inflammation, such as in Crohn's disease or ulcerative colitis, can cause abdominal pain, diarrhea, and other gastrointestinal symptoms.
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