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Dr. Oscar Novick
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Diarrhea (Overview)

Diarrhea is a term that describes loose, watery stools occurring more frequently than usual. It is often not due to a serious cause, but severe diarrhea may result in dehydration.


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Why do people get diarrhea?

Why do people get diarrhea?

Diarrhea: Diarrhea is caused when a virus ir bacterium upsets the normal flora of the bowel resulting in diarrhea. ...Read more

Dr. Oscar Novick
3,228 doctors shared insights

Diarrhea (Overview)

Diarrhea is a term that describes loose, watery stools occurring more frequently than usual. It is often not due to a serious cause, but severe diarrhea may result in dehydration.


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How is diarrhea treated?

How is diarrhea treated?

Depends: That depends on the cause. In some cases, antibiotics or anti-parasitic drugs are needed. In others, it's just a matter of keeping hydrated until it runs its course. ...Read more

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Treating Diarrhea (Checklist)

Stay well hydrated
Daily
Try a constipating diet
Daily
Try BRAT diet (banana, rice, applesauce, and toast)
Daily
See a GI doctor (gastrointestinal specialist)
Once
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Diagnosing Blood in Stool (Checklist)

Get a heme test of stool
daily
Make dietary changes
3x day
Take a stool softener
3x day
See your doctor
once
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Can certain formulas cause diarrhea?

Yes: If all babies were just alike there would be only one infant formula. Yet everyone knows that babies are born with differences; this can extend into tolerance or intolerance of infant formula. Perhaps the most common are cow milk protein allergy and lactose intolerance. While not exactly the same, symptoms of increased gasiness, colicky pain, and diarrhea are common hallmarks of these disorders. ...Read more

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What does a light red color in your diarrhea mean?

See your doctor: Red in color to your stools could indicate blood. You should probably see your family practice physician to look for causes. ...Read more

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How to treat diarrhea ?

How to treat diarrhea ?

BRAT diet: Bananas, rice, apples and toast. A simple low fat diet will help you get over it soon. ...Read more

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My son has diarrhea how do I treat it at home and?

My son has diarrhea how do I treat it at home and?

Feed hrough: If your son has recent diarrhea initially just feed through it. It usually resolves itself. For more serious diarrhea especially with vomiting a balanced electrolyte (fluids salts and sugar) may be helpful. Rice, apples and bananas can be binding. ...Read more

Dr. Oscar Novick
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Loose Stools (Definition)

Loose stools is a symptom in which a person's stool (poop) does not hold its shape after it goes into the toilet. Instead of remaining a shaped piece of poop, the poop spreads out in the toilet bowl water. Very loose stool is called diarrhea. Loose stool can be caused by infections, certain foods or drinks, ...Read more