Were you looking for information about Diarrhea? Severe diarhea is a common misspelling and variation 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. There are two types: acute (which improves within two weeks) and chronic (which lasts longer than two weeks).
Not everyone with diarrhea needs to see a healthcare provider. You should see a doctor if diarrhea is accompanied by signs of dehydration, blood in the stool, or a fever of 102°F or higher, among other symptoms. In many cases, practicing good hygiene and sanitation can help prevent the spread of diarrhea.
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