Diarrhea is a medical condition characterized by an increase in bowel movements, looseness of stool or both. It is caused by an increase in fluid secreted into the large intestine and a decrease in fluid absorbed from the intestine. It can also be caused by a rapid passage of stool through the intestine.
Diarrhea is often confused with the following other medical conditions, this is why it is important to ascertain whether you are actually suffering from diarrhea or any of these other conditions before treatment.
- Rectal Urgency: This is when a person has a sudden urge to pass stool such that if they are unable to do so immediately, it may lead to incontinence.
- Incontinence of Stool: This is a condition whereby a person is unable to control or delay their bowel movements. Such people might sometimes defecate on their body when they are unable to get quick access to a toilet.
- Incomplete Evacuation: An urgent need for another bowel movement immediately after one.