Diarrhea is loose, watery stools and usually develops due to insufficient water absorption during digestion or extra fluid leaking into the stool. In most cases, the condition lasts two to four days, and the symptoms disappear without medical care. Chronic diarrhea is defined as diarrhea that lasts more than four weeks, intermittently or continuously, and suggests an underlying medical condition.
Gastroenteritis is inflammation of the stomach or intestines caused by bacteria, viruses, or parasites. People with gastroenteritis usually experience nausea and vomiting, as well as diarrhea. Mild cases do not require medication, as these effects are how the body naturally rids itself of the infection. It is vital to drink plenty of fluids to ensure the body remains hydrated during this illness.
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