HealthyLife® Students' Self-Care Guide
Section I–Common Health Problems
Diarrhea is passing body waste from the bowel more often and in a more liquid state than usual.
Signs & Symptoms
Diarrhea is also a symptom of health conditions, such as irritable bowel syndrome (“spastic colon”). It results in irregular bowel habits and abdominal pain that are not due to any other bowel disease.
Self-care treats most bouts of diarrhea. If the diarrhea is caused by a medical condition, treating it will help alleviate the diarrhea.
Questions to Ask
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March 21, 2007