Diarrhea is a condition characterized by frequent passing of abnormally loose or watery stools. Often, diarrhea is accompanied by stomach pain, abdominal cramps, and bloating. In severe cases, it can lead to dehydration, and weight loss. There are many causes of diarrhea including virus, bacteria, parasites, certain medications, lactose intolerance, fructose, artificial sweeteners, and other digestive disorders. In most cases, diarrhea will resolve within two days. If it lasts longer than two days, or if it is accompanied by fever, bloody stools, or severe abdominal pain, you should seek medical attention. A person who has diarrhea should avoid foods that aggravate the stomach and may cause spasms, such as milk products, fatty foods, and alcohol. Recommend foods for those with loose bowels include bananas, white rice, applesauce, white bread, and potatoes and other simple starches.
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