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Diarrhoea is where you frequently pass watery or loose poo. Some people may also have other symptoms, depending on the cause. It affects most people from time to time and is usually nothing to worry about. However, it can be distressing and unpleasant until it passes, which normally takes a few days to a week.
If you have a stomach bug, you could be infectious to others. You’re most infectious from when the symptoms start until 2 days after they’ve passed. Stay off work until the symptoms have stopped for 48 hours.
How can I avoid triggers? Suggested lifestyle changes…
Diarrhoea is often caused by an infection. You can reduce your risk by making sure you maintain high standards of hygiene.
For example, you should:
Most cases of diarrhoea clear up after a few days without treatment. However, diarrhoea can lead to dehydration, so to avoid this
It is advisable to seek further advice if you notice any of the following: