Dr. Siva Maran, MD
Morristown Gastroenterology

705 North High Street Suite A
Morristown, TN 37814
Phone: 423-587-0860
Fax: 423-289-1267

Diarrhea

Diarrhea refers to the passage of loose, liquid or frequent bowel movements. Diarrhea can be acute or chronic, infectious or non-infectious.

Most cases of acute diarrhea are caused by infection with a bacterial or viral organism and tend to clear up within 24 hours. These illnesses are commonly referred to as stomach-flu, stomach bug, food poisoning or gastroenteritis and frequently occur while vacationing in a foreign country (Traveler's diarrhea). All that is generally required during an episode of infective diarrhea is dietary restriction and fluids to prevent dehydration. However, a physician should be consulted during more severe or prolonged episodes, or when dehydration, rectal bleeding or a high temperature is present.



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