Acute diarrhoea is usually caused by a viral or bacterial infection and affects almost everyone from time to time.  A common cause in both children and adults is gastroenteritis, an infection of the bowel. It is usually a self limiting condition which does not require investigations, however after 7 days of symptoms we would send of a sample for culture.

Bouts of diarrhoea in adults may also be brought on by anxiety or drinking too much coffee or alcohol. Diarrhoea may also be a side effect of a medication.

The most important aspect of treating diarrhoea is ensuring you are well hydrated. This means drinking plenty of fluids and replacing any salts you are loosing by rehydration drinks available from any chemist.

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