When we think of Diarrhea, we usually think of at least 4 watery stools per day. Some people are a little obsessive about their bowel movements, think that they always have to be well-formed, and get shaken if stools become loose. One or two loose stools a day can happen to anyone, and does not constitute disease.
Also, if there’s a watery stool, and another one within 5 minutes, that’s just because the rectum hadn’t quite finished. It only counts as one episode.
For the clinician’s condensed thought-process when face-to-face with a patient, select below. Those summaries will have links to more in-depth texts on the topic.
Acute Diarrhea (going on under 2-3 weeks)
Chronic Diarrhea (lasting 3-4 weeks and more)