A stool that is loose, watery, and possibly more frequent is known as diarrhea. It could coexist with other symptoms like weight loss, nausea, vomiting, or stomach pain or it might be the sole symptom present. 

 Fortunately, diarrhea usually only lasts a couple of days. However, diarrhea that persists for more than a few days or even weeks is typically a sign of another issue, such as irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) or a more severe condition like persistent infection, celiac disease, or inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). 

 Symptoms 

Depending on how severe or light your diarrhea is, as well as its underlying cause, you may suffer a variety of symptoms. A medical problem that needs to be treated is connected to severe instances of diarrhea. You might encounter some or all of these signs and symptoms when you have diarrhea. The primary sign of diarrhea is watery or loose stools. 

 These are some other signs of mild diarrhea: 

 When you have severe diarrhea, you could exhibit the following signs: 

Several serious problems might arise from severe diarrhea. If these exist, contact your physician. 

 Causes 

Typically, a virus that enters your gut is the cause of diarrhea. “Stomach flu” or “intestinal flu” are other names for it. 

Additional factors include: 

 Constipation can also be followed by diarrhea, particularly for those with irritable bowel syndrome. 

Diagnosis 

Your medical history, current medications, and recent dietary and liquid intake will all be questioned by our doctor. Your physical will be examined to check for symptoms of dehydration or abdominal pain. 

 The following tests can assist determine the reason behind your diarrhea: 

Treatment 

The majority of the time, diarrhea that is light and simple can be treated at home. You’ll typically feel better fairly quickly if you use an over-the-counter medication like bismuth subsalicylate (Pepto-Bismol® or Kaopectate®). 

Over-the-counter drugs aren’t always the answer, though. You must seek medical attention for treatment if an infection or parasite is the cause of your diarrhea. In general, if you also have a fever or blood in your stool, you shouldn’t take over-the-counter drugs for diarrhea. Call your healthcare provider in those situations. 

Your doctor will treat you for the underlying cause if your diarrhea lasts for a long time (a few weeks). This could entail a variety of therapeutic approaches, such as:  

The Doral Health and Wellness Gastroenterology Center has modern equipment, friendly staff, and a warm environment to help you with your digestive problems (stomach problems). Our brand-new building is in the East New York neighborhood of Brownsville in Brooklyn. It offers the local community a wide range of activities, therapeutic projects, and medical services. 

Call us on (347) 868-1016 if you want to know more. 

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