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10 Common Causes of Diarrhea


After a particularly fatty feast or bout of the flu, diarrhea often rears its gassy, bloated, uncomfortable presence. A spell of it often consists of loose, watery bowel movements that come on suddenly and leave you hesitant to be far from a bathroom.

Typically, diarrhea occurs due to a virus, such as the stomach flu, in the digestive system, lasting no more than a few days. However, long-term or frequent affliction can indicate other chronic diseases within the large intestine.

Here are the ten most common causes of diarrhea…

1. Consuming foods that upset the digestive system

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