It's no secret that diarrhea is almost as uncomfortable to talk about as it is to experience. Diarrhea symptoms include frequent loose stools, abdominal cramps and bloating, nausea, or sudden urges to go to the bathroom. Acute diarrhea lasts for about 1 to 2 days, is commonly caused by infection, and generally does not require special treatment. Acute diarrhea may also be the result of medications. Chronic diarrhea may be caused by diseases such as inflammatory bowel disease, Crohn's disease, colitis, or celiac disease and conditions such as irritable bowel syndrome (IBS).
Because diarrhea results in the loss of fluids, it can cause dehydration. Dehydration results when the body loses too much fluid and is particularly dangerous for children and older adults. Signs of dehydration include: thirst, less frequent urination, fatigue, and dizziness.
Replacing lost fluids is often the only action needed to address diarrhea. Because diarrhea can have many causes, it is important to contact your doctor regarding specific treatments.