Acute diarrhea causes may include:

  1. Antibiotic-associated diarrhea
  2. C. difficile infection
  3. Cryptosporidium infection
  4. Cytomegalovirus (CMV) infection
  5. E. coli
  6. Food intolerances
  7. Food poisoning
  8. Fructose intolerance
  9. Artificial sweeteners
  10. Giardiasis (Giardia infection)
  11. Lactose intolerance
  12. Norovirus infection
  13. Medicines, such as antacids containing magnesium and some cancer treatments
  14. Rotavirus
  15. Salmonella infection
  16. Shigella infection
  17. Stomach surgery
  18. Traveler's diarrhea

Chronic diarrhea causes may include:

  1. Celiac disease
  2. Colon cancer
  3. Cholecystitis (gallbladder inflammation)
  4. Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD)
  5. Duodenitis (inflammation of the initial portion of the small intestine)
  6. Medications used to treat heartburn, such as proton pump inhibitors and H2 receptor antagonists
  7. Ulcerative colitis
  8. 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.

Sept. 02, 2016