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Acute Versus Chronic

There are two general types of diarrhea -- acute diarrhea and chronic diarrhea. Acute diarrhea improves within two weeks. Chronic diarrhea lasts longer than two weeks.

What Causes It?

Diarrhea is a symptom, not a disease. There are many possible causes of acute diarrhea. A few of the more common causes include:
Specific causes of chronic diarrhea include:
  • Infections
  • Medicines
  • Certain medical conditions like:
Sometimes, the cause of chronic diarrhea remains unknown. As long as it goes away on its own, an extensive search for the cause is not usually necessary.
(See Diarrhea Causes for more information on this topic.)

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