Diarrhea is a loose, watery bowel movement and is not usually a serious problem in the U.S. It can occur due to illness, intestinal problems, food poisoning, and many others factors. It usually goes away on its own, but you should drink plenty of fluids and can take over-the-counter medications to help ease the discomfort. For prolonged cases of diarrhea, medical attention is recommended. Follow the links below to find WebMD's comprehensive coverage about how diarrhea is contracted, how to treat it, and much more.
Diarrhea Symptoms: When Are They Something More Serious?
If you have diarrhea, how can you tell if you should wait it out or seek medical care? Learn which symptoms are normal and which might require a doctor's attention.
Diarrhea, Age 12 and Older-Home Treatment
Home treatment can help treat diarrhea and avoid related problems, such as dehydration.
Diarrhea, Age 12 and Older-Prevention
Food poisoning is a common cause of diarrhea in children and adults. Most cases of food poisoning may be prevented by taking a few precautions when preparing and storing food at home.
Diarrhea and the Stomach Flu
The stomach flu brings on some nasty symptoms, including vomiting and diarrhea. Learn more from WebMD about avoiding the viruses that cause it and treating symptoms if you or your child already have it.
Diarrhea: Triggers and Treatments
What is starting your chronic diarrhea? How can you treat it? We’ve got the answers you’re looking for.
Preventing Dehydration When You Have Diarrhea or Vomiting
A prolonged bout of diarrhea or vomiting can cause the body to lose more fluid than it can take in, resulting in dangerous dehydration.
Digestive Problems: 10 Tips for Daily Life
Diarrhea and other digestive problems are no fun, especially for those who suffer from them often. Here are 10 ways to manage digestive problems day to day.
What Causes Diarrhea?
The average adult has diarrhea four times a year, often caused by food, medication, stress, or, sometimes, an underlying medical problem.
Avoiding Diarrhea When Traveling
Leading GI specialist and psychiatrist, Dr. Douglas A. Drossman, gives tips on avoiding diarrhea when you travel.
Scoop on Pee and Poop
Get the facts you need on those daily changes in your baby's diaper, step by step.
What Causes Diarrhea
Learning what the most common triggers are for acute diarrhea is the first step in avoiding this sometimes embarrassing problem.
Avoiding Flares from UC
You may not be able to eliminate all flares, but you can take steps to reduce their frequency and impact.
Slideshows & Images
Slideshow: Worst Foods for Digestion
Learn which foods can trigger diarrhea and other digestive problems.
Slideshow: Myths and Facts About Diarrhea
No one wants to get diarrhea -- but if you do get it, learn how to get better, fast. This slideshow separates fact from fiction.
Slideshow: Foods With Probiotics
Beyond yogurt, see which foods have a surprising boost from probiotics -- good bacteria that may help tame your digestive problems.
Slideshow: A Visual Guide to Irritable Bowel Syndrome
WebMD's overview covers IBS symptoms, causes, medicines, and trigger foods, as well as lifestyle tips for managing this disruptive, but common, irritable bowel condition.