Diarrhea is characterized by watery stools or recurrent bowel movement. Diarrhea lasts for a few days and often disappears without any treatment. It can be acute or chronic. Most cases of diarrhea occur due to bacteria, viruses, or parasitic infection. The general signs and symptoms of diarrhea involve passing loose, runny stools that may occur more than three times a day.
There are different dietary strategies to tackle diarrhea. Diarrhea can be controlled easily at home by taking rest, increasing fluid intake, and consuming easily digestible food items in the diet. The well-known diarrhea diet is the BRAT diet; it refers to Bananas, Rice, Applesauce, and Toast.
There are different forms of diarrhea – osmotic diarrhea, infectious diarrhea, secretory diarrhea, dysmotility diarrhea, and steatorrhea. Diarrhea is usually defined as three or more watery stools in a period of 24 hours. Diarrhea can be watery, bloody, mucoid, and loose.