Acute diarrhea causes may include:

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

Chronic diarrhea causes may include:

  1. Celiac disease
  2. Colon cancer
  3. Crohn's disease
  4. Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD)
  5. Intestinal obstruction
  6. Medications used to treat heartburn, such as proton pump inhibitors and H2 receptor antagonists
  7. Ulcerative colitis

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