What is diarrhea?

Diarrhea, which is loose, watery stools that occur more than three times in a day, is a common problem that usually lasts for a day or two and goes away on its own without any special treatment. However, prolonged diarrhea can be a sign of other problems.

Diarrhea can cause dehydration, which means that the body does not have enough fluids to function properly. This is particularly dangerous in children and the elderly and should be treated immediately to avoid serious health problems.

Diarrhea can affect people of all ages. The average adult has a diarrhea attack about four times a year.