Step 4: Read and complete the decision guide to learn more about your symptoms.
Because they do not share many causes in common, it is best to consider "acute" diarrhea and "chronic" diarrhea as separate symptoms.
Acute diarrhea has an abrupt onset and replaces a previously normal bowel pattern. If you have acute diarrhea, you have probably experienced symptoms for fewer than three weeks.
Chronic diarrhea slowly develops and persists for months or years, or it causes recurring episodes of diarrhea.
Which type of diarrhea symptoms are you experiencing?