What Is Diarrhoea?

Diarrhoea is when there is a sudden change in the frequency and consistency of stools. This is generally three loose or more watery stools a day.

Diarrhoea can be:


  • Sudden onset with three or more loose stools per day.
  • In most cases, acute diarrhoea is infectious – resulting from a viral intestinal infection, bacteria or parasites.


  • Is when diarrhea lasts for many days.

Once diarrhoea is treated with medication, it usually subsides within 2 or 3 days, without any recurrence.

A women's hand pressing on her stomach