By: Emily, Grace, and Cameron

The most common cause of diarrhea is a virus that infects the gut. The infection usually lasts for two days and is sometimes called intestinal flu or stomach flu.  

Some possible ways of preventing Diarrhea may include drink only bottled water, even for tooth brushing. Avoid eating food from street vendors. Avoid ice made with tap water. Eat only those fruits or vegetables that are cooked or can be peeled. Be sure that all foods you eat are thoroughly cooked and served steaming hot. Never eat raw or undercooked meat or seafood.

Diarrhea affects the digestive system and the ecretaory system. . A virus of the stomach is what typically causes diarrhea. The virus causes you to throw up or  excrete any and all nutrients, also when you have a viral infection you lose much of your bodies water through diarrhea.

If you have a mild case of diarrhea, you can just let it run its course, or you can treat it with an over-the-counter medicine. Common brand names include Pepto-Bismol, Imodium A-D, and Kaopectate (an orally taken medication for the treatment of mild diarrhea.)

In addition, you should drink at least six 8-ounce glasses of fluid per day.

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