|Diarrhea is continuous, diluted and loose bowel movements. Actual diarrhea takes place when surplus of water remains in the stool. Diarrhea is different from situation that result only a raise in the number of bowel movements per day, but that do not cause loose, watery stools. Large intestine, which is also known as colon, controls the creation and passage of stool from the body. The colon soaks up water from solid waste and muscles move the remaining waste toward the rectum and anus, and finally passage out of the body in form of stool.
If very little amount of water is absorbed from the waste when it passes through the colon, diarrhea can result. Diarrhea can also cause due to changes in the muscle contractions in the colon, because of that stool moves very quickly. Because of this quick movement colon is unable to absorb water. Diarrhea can be caused by medications, infections, or injury in digestive tract.
Diarrhea causes dehydration that means the body lacks adequate fluid, which is required for proper body functioning. Dehydration is extremely dangerous in children and the aged people, and it must be treated quickly to avoid severe health troubles.
People of all any age group can get diarrhea. The average grown person has get attack of diarrhea about four times in a year. There are two main types of Diarrhea:
Acute diarrhea is something that almost everybody has experienced once in his or her life. The watery, loose stools and abdominal cramps characterize this type of diarrhea and it normally last a couple of days.
Chronic diarrhea normally lasts longer than one month. This type of diarrhea can be an indication of a severe disorder, like inflammatory bowel disease, or irritable bowel syndrome.