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Diarrhea vs. Loose Stools Topic Guide

Diarrhea vs. Loose Stools Diarrhea vs. Loose Stools: Diarrhea is an increase in the frequency of bowel movements, an increase in the looseness of stool, or both. Symptoms associated with diarrhea include abdominal pain, especially cramping. Other symptoms depend on the cause of the diarrhea. Loose stools describes stool consistency of your bowel movement like soft, runny, explosive, or hard. Stool color changes may vary from green, yellow, black, and tarry. Treatment for diarrhea and loose stools depend on the causes.