While diarrhoea presents as loose and watery stools, not all diarrhea is the same. The severity and duration is the biggest distinction. Diarrhea that lasts a couple days is considered acute and likely caused by a bacterial, viral and parasitic infection.

Chronic diarrhea can last for weeks and indicate something serious like ulcerative colitis, Crohn’s disease or irritable bowel syndrome. Likewise, vomiting can have many causes.

It’s important to always beware of the dehydration that can accompany vomiting. When recovering, avoid solid food until the vomiting has passed. Gradually drink water and clear liquids. A rehydrating drink that replenishes electrolytes is recommended.

There might be more to your diarrhea or upset stomach than the leftover pasta you found in the fridge. Could it be a prescription drug reaction, an allergy, adverse food reaction, germs from recent travel, or a more serious condition? MedicRelief will be able to get to the bottom of it and help you feel better.