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Diarrhea means passing loose and watery stools. The severity of the condition may vary between slightly watery faeces along with an upset stomach that stays for a day or two or extremely watery faeces along with severe abdominal pains.
Common symptoms associated with diarrhea include:-
With severe episodes of diarrhea there may be dehydration as well. This is particularly dangerous especially for young children and the elderly.
Babies having six or more episodes of Diarrhea in the past 24 hours are at risk of dehydration. Children with over six episodes of watery Diarrhea in the past 24 hours along with vomiting, bloody diarrhea and diarrhea that lasts for longer than two weeks are at risk of dehydration and need urgent attention.
Adults who have been recently treated in a hospital, or who have been treated with antibiotics, bloody diarrhea, persistent diarrhea and vomiting, abnormal weight loss and large volumes of watery diarrhea are at risk of dehydration and complications.
Symptoms of dehydration include:-
Diarrhea and dehydration is most commonly diagnosed clinically by symptoms.
Most cases resolve on their own within 2 days or less. In these cases diagnostic tests are usually not necessary.
If diarrhea lasts longer or is accompanied by symptoms such as fever or bloody stools diagnostic tests may be used to determine the cause of diarrhea.
Investigations and diagnosis involves:-