When you have diarrhea, your bowel movements (stools) are loose and watery. It’s very common and usually not serious.
Many people get diarrhea once or twice each year. It typically lasts two to three days, and you can treat it with over-the-counter medicines. Some people have diarrhea more often as part of irritable bowel syndrome or other conditions.
If your doctor just broke the news that you're lactose intolerant, it doesn't mean you'll never get to savor another bite of ice cream.
At first, many people fear they'll have to give up all dairy products, says Dee Sandquist, RD, a dietitian in Fairfield, Iowa. But with some trial and error, most people find they can still eat small amounts of dairy without having symptoms such as bloating, gas, stomach pain, diarrhea, or nausea.
Dairy foods are important to the health of your bones, because they're...