Acute diarrhea is classified as loose and watery stools that occur for fewer than 14 days. In addition to being inconvenient and uncomfortable, diarrhea can be a serious medical condition which leads to dehydration and weight loss. Extreme diarrhea may lead to organ failure and even death. Worldwide, 2.5 million people die from diarrhea-related complications each year, usually in third world countries. It is important to remain well-hydrated during and after a bout of acute diarrhea. Supplementing with a high-quality probiotic can help replenish healthy intestinal flora. There are many potential causes of acute diarrhea.
Norovirus is generally spread from person to person via fecal-oral contact. This may occur when a person ingests contaminated food or touches their face after coming into contact with an infected person. In some cases, the virus may be transmitted through the air or contaminated surfaces. Norovirus is one of the most common causes of gastroenteritis, which causes watery diarrhea. Other symptoms include nausea, vomiting, fever, chills, weakness, and fatigue. The best prevention is thorough and frequent handwashing.