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Diarrhea is defined as loose, watery stools occurring more than three times per day. Most diarrhea episodes resolve in a few days. Prolonged diarrhea can be a sign of other problems.

Most cases of acute diarrhea resolve by themselves. However, diarrhea persisting longer than 3 days, associated with blood in the diarhhea in addition to symptoms of a faver, need physician attention. Stool tests and blood tests may be done. A colonoscopy can also be ordered.