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Diarrhoea
Diarrhoea ia also called loose motions. Diarrhoea is not itself a disease, but can be a symptom of several disease. A person with diarrhoea typically passes stool more than three times a day. People with diarrhea may pass more than a quart of stool a day. Acute diarrhea is a common problem that usually lasts one or two days and goes away on its own without special treatment. Prolonged diarrhea persisting for more than two days may be a sign of a more serious problem and poses the risk of dehydration. Chronic diarrhea may be a feature of a chronic disease.
Diarrhea can cause dehydration, which means the body lacks enough fluid to function properly. Dehydration is particularly dangerous in children and older people. It must be treated promptly to avoid serious health problems.
People of all ages can get diarrhea. The average adult has a bout of acute diarrhea about four times a year. In the United States, on average each child will have had seven to fifteen episodes of diarrhea by age five.


 
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