Acute diarrhea causes may include:

  1. Antacids containing magnesium
  2. Antibiotic-associated diarrhea
  3. Blood pressure medications
  4. C. difficile
  5. Campylobacter infection
  6. Cancer medications
  7. Clostridium perfringens infection
  8. Cryptosporidium infection
  9. Cytomegalovirus (CMV) infection
  10. E. coli
  11. Entamoeba histolytica infection
  12. Food intolerances
  13. Food poisoning
  14. Fructose intolerance
  15. Giardiasis
  16. Lactose intolerance
  17. Norovirus infection
  18. Rotavirus
  19. Salmonella infection
  20. Shigella infection
  21. Staph infections
  22. Stomach surgery
  23. Traveler's diarrhea

Chronic diarrhea causes may include:

  1. Blood pressure medications
  2. Caffeine
  3. Cancer medications
  4. Celiac disease
  5. Cholecystectomy (gallbladder removal)
  6. Colon cancer
  7. Crohn's disease
  8. Bariatric surgery
  9. Hepatitis A
  10. Hepatitis B
  11. Hepatitis C
  12. Hyperthyroidism (overactive thyroid)
  13. Irritable bowel syndrome
  14. Ischemic colitis
  15. Pancreatic insufficiency
  16. Ulcerative colitis
  17. Whipple's disease

Causes shown here are commonly associated with this symptom. Work with your doctor or other health care professional for an accurate diagnosis.

Jun. 11, 2013