Chronic diarrhea is defined as the abnormal passage of ≥3 loose or liquid stools per day for ≥4 weeks with or without a daily stool weight >200 g/day.
The definition of chronic diarrhea based on symptoms alone will lead to an overlap with functional bowel disorders eg irritable bowel syndrome.
Categories include watery diarrhea (eg osmotic, functional or secretory), inflammatory diarrhea and fatty diarrhea.

Diarrhea%20in%20adults%20-%20chronic Patient Education

Prevention/Patient Education

  • Counsel patients to avoid foods or medications that can cause diarrhea 
  • Avoid consuming raw or undercooked food except peeled fruits or vegetables which can be washed thoroughly 
  • Drink boiled, filtered or bottled water while traveling 
  • Other general measures in preventing diarrhea include washing of hands with soap and clean water, practice safe food processing, handling and storage, and proper human waste and garbage disposal 
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