It is very common and affects people of all ages.  

Causes for diarrhoea may include:

  • A virus (intestinal flu)
  • Bacterial infection (food poisoning)
  • Allergic reaction to food or medication
  • A side effect of medication
  • Inflammatory Bowel Disease (Crohn’s disease or ulcerative colitis)
  • Parasites
  • Anxiety or stress
  • Drinking too much coffee or alcohol

Most cases of diarrhoea clear up without treatment. It is important to drink plenty of fluids as dehydration can occur. If your symptoms do not clear or get worse you should seek medical attention.

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