Normal stool frequency ranges from three times per week to three times per day. Diarrhoea may be defined as an excess of stool being passed, usually accompanied by an increased frequency and liquidity of the stool.
Diarrhoea is usually acute or of short duration, although it can be chronic or long lasting. Acute onset of diarrhoea is usually due to infection, and one would look at ingestion of suspicious foods; foreign travel; or contact with a person with similar symptoms.
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Diarrhoea may be accompanied by abdominal and rectal pain, urgency to go, and incontinence. If the diarrhoea is caused by food poisoning, there may be concomitant vomiting.
Diarrhoea may be associated with poor diet or medications;