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Were you looking for information about Diarrhea? Diarhea 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. Some of the things that can cause it include infections, food intolerance, reactions to medicine, intestinal diseases, and functional bowel disorders.
 
There are a number of situations in which a person who has it should see a healthcare provider. For example, you should see a healthcare provider if diarrhea is accompanied by signs of dehydration, blood in the stool, or a fever of 102 degrees Fahrenheit or higher, among other symptoms. Many people throughout the world die from it because of the large volume of water lost and the accompanying loss of electrolytes (sodium and potassium).
 
Better hygiene (washing your hands) and sanitation can help prevent transmission in a lot of cases; however, such prevention strategies have not significantly reduced the number of certain types of outbreaks, such as those involving rotavirus disease.
  
(Click Diarrhea for the full eMedTV article on this topic. This article provides detailed information about the different types of diarrhea and what can cause them, as well as tips on how to prevent traveler's diarrhea. You can also click any of the links in the box to the right for more specific information.)
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