How Much Do You Know About Diarrhea?

Q:
How much do you know about diarrhea?

A:
Diarrhea is loose, watery stools. Everyone has it twice or three times each year. When it lasts for one or two days, it is usually not a serious problem.

But in some cases of more than a few days, it may be the symptom of some conditions such as irritable bowel syndrome (IBS).

Symptoms of diarrhea

  • Loose, watery stools
  • Abdominal cramps and pain
  • Fever
  • Blood in the stool
  • Bloating
  • Nausea
  • Urgent need to have a bowel movement

The most common causes of diarrhea

  • Viruses
  • Alcohol abuse
  • Allergies to certain foods
  • Diabetes
  • Bacteria and parasites
  • Medications
  • Lactose intolerance
  • Fructose or Artificial sweeteners
  • Surgery
  • Other digestive disorders

When to see you doctor
When you have the following conditions, your diarrhea is worth your serious attention.

  • Blood in your diarrhea or black stools
  • A fever that is high (above 101 F) or that lasts more than 24 hours
  • Diarrhea lasting longer than 2 days
  • Severe pain in your abdomen or rectum
  • Excessive thirst
  • Dry skin
  • Weakness, dizziness or lightheadedness

The treatments should vary with the causes of your diarrhea. Call your doctor right away if you have the symptoms above.

 

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* The Content is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.