Diarrhea
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Aiko Yoshioka, MD

Aiko Yoshioka, MD (Gastroenterology)

Dr. Yoshioka graduated from the Niigata University School of Medicine. He worked as a gastroenterologist at Saiseikai Niigata Hospital and Niigata University Medical & Dental Hospital before serving as the Deputy Chief of Gastroenterology at Tsubame Rosai Hospital and Nagaoka Red Cross Hospital. Dr. Yoshioka joined Saitama Saiseikai Kawaguchi General Hospital as Chief of Gastroenterology in April 2018.

Unnati Patel, MD, MSc

Unnati Patel, MD, MSc (Primary Care Physician)

Dr Patel graduated from the Zhejiang University School of Medicine. She worked in clinical research at the University of Illinois in Chicago and University of Nevada in Las Vegas focused on culturally adapted health interventions for preventive medicine in the community setting. Received her Master's of Science in Global Health (concentration in Health Policy) from Georgetown University, during which she worked with the WHO in Sierra Leone and Save the Children in Washington, D.C. Unnati went on to complete her family medicine residency in Chicago, Illinois at Norwegian American Hospital. | | She is currently working as a primary care physician in the city of Chicago and completing her Master's of Business Administration at the Northwestern University Kellogg School of Management and Fellowship in Leadership in Value-Based Care.

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  • I get a stool like water

  • Pattern of alternating between diarrhea and constipation

  • Diarrhea does not stop

  • Alternating bouts of diarrhea and constipation

  • Pass motion many times

  • Repeated bouts of constipation and diarrhea

  • Loose stool before going to school

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Content updated on Jan 4, 2023

About the symptom

Diarrhea is loose, watery stools that happen more often than usual.

When to see a doctor

Seek professional care if you experience any of the following symptoms

  • Fever

  • Seizure attack

  • Sensation of incomplete voiding

  • Respiratory wheeze

  • Abdominal pain

  • White or clay-colored stools

  • Headache

Possible causes

  • Crohn's disease

    It is an inflammatory condition of the gut. It is part of a group of diseases known as inflammatory bowel disease or IBD. It can affect anywhere from the mouth to the anus (end of the bowel).The exact cause is not well known.

  • Salmonella

    Salmonella infection (salmonellosis) is a common bacterial disease affecting the intestinal tract. It is usually caused by consuming raw or undercooked meat, poultry, eggs, or egg products.

  • Bacterial gastroenteritis

    Bacterial infection of the gut. It can be prevented by cleaning fruits and vegetables, cooking raw meat properly to kill bacteria causing food poisoning, and making sure all water is boiled before consumption.

  • Watery diarrhea, hypokalemia, and achlorhydria (WDHA) syndrome
  • Zollinger-Ellison syndrome
  • Drug-induced colitis
  • Allergic gastroenteritis

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Questions your doctor may ask about this symptom

Your doctor may ask these questions to check for this symptom

  • Do you have loose stools or diarrhea?

  • Do you have morning diarrhea before school?

  • Do you have a fever?

  • Are you feeling nauseous or have you been vomiting?

  • Do you feel you fatigued?

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Reviewed By:

Aiko Yoshioka, MD

Aiko Yoshioka, MD (Gastroenterology)

Dr. Yoshioka graduated from the Niigata University School of Medicine. He worked as a gastroenterologist at Saiseikai Niigata Hospital and Niigata University Medical & Dental Hospital before serving as the Deputy Chief of Gastroenterology at Tsubame Rosai Hospital and Nagaoka Red Cross Hospital. Dr. Yoshioka joined Saitama Saiseikai Kawaguchi General Hospital as Chief of Gastroenterology in April 2018.

Unnati Patel, MD, MSc

Unnati Patel, MD, MSc (Primary Care Physician)

Dr Patel graduated from the Zhejiang University School of Medicine. She worked in clinical research at the University of Illinois in Chicago and University of Nevada in Las Vegas focused on culturally adapted health interventions for preventive medicine in the community setting. Received her Master's of Science in Global Health (concentration in Health Policy) from Georgetown University, during which she worked with the WHO in Sierra Leone and Save the Children in Washington, D.C. Unnati went on to complete her family medicine residency in Chicago, Illinois at Norwegian American Hospital. | | She is currently working as a primary care physician in the city of Chicago and completing her Master's of Business Administration at the Northwestern University Kellogg School of Management and Fellowship in Leadership in Value-Based Care.

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