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Diarrhea, is the condition of having at least three loose, liquid, or watery bowel movements each day. It sometimes lasts for a few days and can cause dehydration due to the loss of fluid.[1]


Other symptoms include decreased urination and fast heart rate.[1]

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The most common cause is an infection of the intestines, known as gastroenteritis, which is caused by either viruses, bacteria, or parasites.[1]

Risk factors

These infections are often acquired from food or water that has been contaminated by feces, or directly from another person who is infected.[1]


Oral rehydration solution (ORS) and zinc tablets are used to treat diarrhea. Maintaining healthy eating habits and drinking clean water is recommended.[1]


Diarrhea can be prevented by eating uncontaminated food, clean drinking water, washing hands with soap, and improved sanitation.[1]


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 "Diarrhoeal disease". Retrieved 27 January 2020.