258-Patient Guide to Chronic Diarrhea

For most people the passage of liquid stools, or diarrhea, is a symptom that lasts for a couple of days, then resolves itself, typically within one week. These short-term episodes are typically due to infections after consuming contaminated food or drink. The average American has an episode of acute (severe or sudden onset) diarrhea every few years. For other people, diarrhea may be a more chronic/long-term problem, occurring for months to years.

Larry Schiller, 
Shanti Eswaran
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