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Diarrhoea

Most healthy people open their bowels between three times a day and three times a week. Normal stools are usually solid. The term diarrhoea is used when stools are passed more than three times a day and when the stools become loose or watery. In acute diarrhoea, symptoms come on suddenly but usually clear up within 5-10 days. Chronic diarrhoea may be defined as symptoms persisting for more than four weeks.

 

Chronic diarrhoea could be due to:

  • Irritable bowel syndrome

  • Diverticular disease

  • Lactose intolerance

  • Ulcerative colitis and Crohn's diease

  • Coeliac disease

  • Drug/Medication induced

  • Colorectal cancer

 

Any change in bowel habit, like chronic diarrhoea, should be investigated appropriately as soon as possible.

 

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