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Health & Nutrition : How to Identify Causes of Diarrhea

November 4, 2019

My name is Christine Marquette and I am a
registered dietitian with the Austin Regional Clinic and I am going to talk to you about
how to identify the causes of diarrhea. There are actually many different causes of diarrhea.
Some of the really basic causes are bacterial or viral infections. A lot of times people
refer to it as getting the stomach flu or stomach virus and that is a real common cause
of getting diarrhea. Often it happens when eating food that has been contaminated or
for example touching your mouth or touching your face after you have touched a surface
that has some type of bacteria or virus on it or drinking from a glass from somebody
else who already has a virus, those are really the most common ways of getting diarrhea.
Other causes can be from medications. There are some medications that will actually cause
you to develop diarrhea. With some medications it will be short term for example there are
some diabetes medications that will cause short term diarrhea until the person’s digestive
tract has resolved itself to it and it usually resolves itself within a few days. Other medications
the person just doesn’t tolerate and they have to be put on something different. Besides
medications there are actually certain foods that people will have intolerances to. For
example lactose intolerance, it is very common. People who have lactose intolerance they just
don’t have enough of the lactate enzyme to digest lactose in milk products and therefore
when they have a milk product they develop diarrhea because their body just cannot digest
it. Sometimes these people can take a lactase enzyme and still use that particular dairy
product and not experience symptoms or they may just need to use a lactose free dairy
product or avoid dairy altogether. Other causes of diarrhea are actual medical conditions
things like IBS, Krohn’s or Irritable Bowel Disease which is somewhat different from Irritable
Bowel Syndrome and all sorts of colitises and other particular causes so these are actual
medical conditions that happen in your digestive tract that can cause diarrhea so several different
causes of diarrhea.


  • Reply Mike Donald December 23, 2010 at 4:35 pm

    i took some oxy codone you think that is the cause?

  • Reply Regie Santoso May 16, 2013 at 4:21 pm

    Hi! Thanks for this useful video. By the way, I notice lots of people keep on talking about Bulimilorex Remedy (just google it), but I'm not sure if it's good. Have you ever tried home remedy called Bulimilorex Remedy? I've heard several great things about it and my cousin completely cure her bulimia safely with this remedy.

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