Decreased Appetite And Diarrhea

Last Editorial Review: 6/15/2020

A variety of medical conditions can cause these symptoms and signs. Food poisoning is an illness typically caused by eating foods contaminated with infectious organisms, including bacteria, viruses, and parasites -- or their toxin. Most often, food poisoning is mild and resolves without treatment. Irritable bowel syndrome is a functional disorder affecting the large intestine with symptoms and signs including abdominal cramping and diarrhea. Some people can control their irritable bowel syndrome symptoms by managing their diet, lifestyle, and stress while others may need medications. Pathogens found in food and water cause traveler's diarrhea. Hydration is very important when you have diarrhea. To reduce your risk of traveler's diarrhea or food poisoning, be careful about what you eat or drink. If symptoms and signs last longer or become more severe, see your doctor.

While the list below can be considered as a guide to educate yourself about these conditions, this is not a substitute for a diagnosis from a health care provider. There are many other medical conditions that also can be associated with your symptoms and signs. Here are a number of those from MedicineNet:

At MedicineNet, we believe it is important to take charge of your health through measures such as a living healthy lifestyle, practicing preventative medicine, following a nutrition plan, and getting regular exercise. Understanding your symptoms and signs and educating yourself about health conditions are also a part of living your healthiest life. The links above will provide you with more detailed information on these medical conditions to help you inform yourself about the causes and available treatments for these conditions.

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