Difference between Loose Motion and Diarrhoea

Key difference: The terms Loose Motion and Diarrhoea are commonly used interchangeably. A loose motion is nothing more than a loose stool. This is when, the feces is loose, liquidly, or watery than normal. Diarrhea is the condition of having at least three loose motions each day.

The terms Loose Motion and Diarrhoea are commonly used interchangeably. There is a sound reasoning behind that. While, technically they are not exactly the same, they are so interrelated and in common parlance, they have come to mean the same thing.

Loose Motion, basically refers, to the condition of the stool. The process of defecating, or passing stool, is informally known as a motion. Hence, a loose motion is nothing more than a loose stool. This is when, the feces is loose, liquidly, or watery than normal. Loose motion is quite common and is usually not a cause for concern.

Having a loose motion may occur for a variety of reasons, the most common of which is if a person eats something that does not agree with them, resulting in an upset stomach. Alternately, it could also be a symptom of something else, where an infection or something more serious.

Having a loose motion is usually not a cause for concern. In fact, it is quite common for the body to have loose motions once in a while. However, it does become a concern, if it continues to occur. If a person has three or more loose or liquid bowel movements each day, then it can be categorized as Diarrhoea, also spelled as Diarrhea.

Simply put, Diarrhea is when one has the loose motions, officially more than three times a day, whereas loose motion can be just a one of thing. It can also be said that loose motions is one of the symptoms of diarrhea. In addition to loose motions, it can also incorporate bloating, cramps, nausea, vomiting, etc.

Usually having diarrhea is not a concern, and it often remedies itself on its own. It is commonly caused by something the person may have eaten, or it may even be an infection of some kind. If it lasts more than three days, or if there is more than three loose motions a day, or if there is blood or mucus in the stool, then it is recommended that the person see a doctor. Otherwise, it is generally acceptable to use home remedies or ever over the counter medication to treat the diarhoea.

Comparison between Loose Motion and Diarrhoea:

 

Loose Motion

Diarrhoea

Definition (Oxford Dictionaries)

(of faeces) containing excessive liquid.

‘loose bowel movements’

A condition in which faeces are discharged from the bowels frequently and in a liquid form.

Description

Loose Motion is a condition in which the person has a loose or liquid bowel movement.

Diarrhea is the condition of having at least three loose or liquid bowel movements each day.

Symptoms

Thin or loose stools

Watery stools

An urgent feeling to have a bowel movement

Bloating in the belly

Cramps

 

Bloating in the belly

Cramps

Thin or loose stools

Watery stools

An urgent feeling to have a bowel movement

Nausea and throwing up

Serious Symptoms

Blood or mucus in the stool

More than 3 times a day

Lasts longer than 2 days

 

Blood or mucus in the stool

Weight loss

Fever

Nausea

Severe pain in the abdomen or rectum

Diarrhea after coming back from a foreign country

Dark urine

Smaller than usual amounts of urine or fewer wet diapers than usual in a child

Rapid heart rate

Headaches

Dry skin

Irritability

Confusion

Causes

Upset stomach

Infection

Food allergies

Indigestion

Medication

Eating or drinking certain types of food

A viral infection

Alcohol abuse

Allergies to certain foods

Diabetes

Diseases of the intestines

Eating foods that upset the digestive system

Infection by bacteria or other organisms

Laxative abuse

Medications

Overactive thyroid (hyperthyroidism)

Radiation therapy

Running

Some cancers

Surgery on the digestive system

Trouble absorbing certain nutrients, also called “malabsorption”

Affects

The stomach or intestines

The stomach or intestines.

Treatment

Home Remedies

Drinking Fluids

Over the Counter medicine

Oral rehydration solution (ORS)

Antibiotics

Home Remedies

Drinking Fluids

Over the Counter medicine

Oral rehydration solution (ORS)

Antibiotics

Reference: Oxford Dictionaries (Diarrhea and Loose Motion), Wikipedia, WebMD, 
Medical News Today, Reference
Image Courtesy: pristinehospitals.com, top10homeremedies.com

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