Diarrhea Terms

Acute Diarrhea

Diarrhea lasting less that 14 days

Bacterial Diarrhea

caused by an bacterial infection of the small intestine.

Bloody Diarrhea

Medically called Exudative diarrhea

Chronic Diarrhea

Diarrhea lasting more that 14 days

Crohn's Disease

Crohn's disease is a form of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD).
It usually affects the intestines, but may occur anywhere
from the mouth to the end of the rectum (anus).

Diarrhea mucus

Also a form of Exudative diarrhea

Diarrhea treatment

Options included prevention, medication and even surgery


Diarrhea is a having 3 or more loose or liquid stools a day

Diarrhea symptoms

Normally include cramping pain & watery stool discharge


Outpocketings of the colonic mucosa and submucosa through
weaknesses of muscle layers in the colon wall.  Can lead to diverticulitis or divierticular disease but not likely.  Only happens in  20% of people who have this condition.

Exudative diarrhea 

When there is a presence of blood or pus in the stool

Food Poisoning

The result of eating organisms or toxins in contaminated food.


Gastroenteritis is a condition that causes irritation and inflammation of the stomach and intestines (the gastrointestinal tract).


Irritable bowel syndrome with predominantly pain symptoms..


Irritable bowel syndrome with predominantly constipation symptoms.


Irritable bowel syndrome with predominantly diarrhea symptoms.


Irritable bowel syndrome produced post infection.

Infectious agent

A bacteria, virus or parasite as the root cause of a food poisoning episode

Inflammatory Bowel Disease

Includes Crohn's disease and Ulcerative colitis, which cause inflammation in the digestive tract.

Irritable Bowel Syndrome

Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) refers to a disorder of the lower intestinal tract.


A type of sugar found in dairy products

Lactose Intolerance

The inability for the body to digest lactose


The body's inability to digest or absorb nutrients from food.

Osmotic diarrhea 

when something in the bowel is drawing water from the body into the bowels

Pregnancy diarrhea

Diarrhea caused by the fluctuating hormones of pregnancy


Good bacteria found in the body that aid with digestion and intestinal microbial balance

Secretory diarrhea

occurs when the body is releasing water into the bowel when it's not supposed to

Stomach flu

 also called viral gastroenteritis, inflammation of the stomach and intestines possibly causing vomiting and diarrhea.

Traveler's Diarrhea

A form of highly contagious bacteria food poisoning that normally occurs in travels to developing nations

Ulcerative Colitis

type of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) that affects the large intestine (colon) and rectum.

Wilderness Diarrhea

Another name for Traveler's Diarrhea