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Were you looking for information about Diarrhea? Diarea is a common misspelling of diarrhea.
 
Diarrhea is a symptom -- it is not a disease. It is defined as loose, watery stools that occur more than three times in one day. This condition can be caused by many things, including infections, food intolerance, reactions to medicine, intestinal diseases, and functional bowel disorders.
 
Not everyone with diarrhea needs to see a healthcare provider. But because diarrhea in children can potentially be dangerous, you should not hesitate to call your healthcare provider for advice if your child develops this condition. Also, you should take your child to a healthcare provider if he or she has watery diarrhea with repeated vomiting; stools containing blood, mucus, or pus; or a temperature above 101.4°F, among other symptoms.
 
Diarrhea can last from one to three days to several months, depending on the cause. In most cases, treatment may only require replacing lost fluids and electrolytes. However, if the diarrhea is caused by bacteria, antibiotics may be necessary. 
 
(Click Diarrhea for the full eMedTV article on this topic. This article discusses additional symptoms and treatment options, and also provides more detail about diarrhea in infants and children. You can also click any of the links in the box to the right for specific information.)
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