What is chronic diarrhea?

Patsy Catsos
Nutrition & Dietetics

Chronic diarrhea is frequent, loose, watery stools lasting at least four weeks. Diarrhea that lasts more than a few days, especially if bloody or accompanied by a fever, should be evaluated and treated by your health care provider. Possible causes of of chronic diarrhea include:

  • Infection with bacteria, viruses or parasites
  • Irritable bowel syndrome
  • Lactose intolerance or dietary fructose intolerance
  • Food allergies
  • Intestinal diseases such as Crohn's disease or ulcerative colitis
  • Certain medications or supplements

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