How Long Does Diarrhea Last?

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Since diarrhea has many possible causes, your doctor will ask you about your personal circumstances. Recent travel history or exposure to family members with similar symptoms might suggest an infection.

Your doctor will review your symptoms and exam you. If you have severe symptoms, your doctor also may ask for a stool sample. The specimen will be analyzed in a laboratory to look for infectious causes.

Expected Duration

Symptoms of diarrhea are usually most severe during the first...

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