Diarrhoea is a common digestive condition that causes you to have frequent, loose, or watery poos. It’s usually nothing to worry about, and often clears up within a few days.

You might have diarrhoea if you have:

Frequent poos that are loose or watery
Urgency to use the toilet
Abdominal cramps or discomfort
  • Viral or bacterial infections, such as gastroenteritis or food poisoning
  • Consumption of contaminated food or water
  • Food intolerances or sensitivities, such as lactose intolerance or gluten sensitivity
  • Side effects of medications, including antibiotics or certain antacids
  • Frequent passing of loose or watery poo
  • Urgency to use the toilet, often accompanied by abdominal cramps or discomfort
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Fever or dehydration in severe cases
  • Stay hydrated by drinking plenty of fluids
  • Eat bland, easy-to-digest foods such as rice, bananas, or toast
  • Avoid caffeine, alcohol, and high-fat or spicy foods, which can make your diarrhoea worse
  • Use over-the-counter medications such as loperamide to help reduce the frequency of your poos
  • Speak with a pharmacist if you have severe pains, fever or notice blood in your poo

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