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My son has vomiting and diarrhea but no other symptoms. What should I do for him?

My son has vomiting and diarrhea but no other symptoms. What should I do for him?

Vomiting and diarrhe: You did not say how old is ur son. You have to make sure he does not get dehydrated. Most of the time d&v is caused by virus, and will get better by itself, so only risk is dehydration due to loss of fluids. Give him clear liquids and pedialyte, if can not keep any fluid down try zofran (ondansetron) orally disintegrating tablets or phenergen suppository if he is more then 2 yrs old. If infant will need IV fluids. ...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


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54 yo male, softball sized swelling in left abdomen a few inches below his ribcage. Rapid onset (one day), no diarrhea, pain or other symptoms.

54 yo male, softball sized swelling in left abdomen a few inches below his ribcage. Rapid onset (one day), no diarrhea, pain or other symptoms.

Get checked: Well, you certainly would want to be checked immediately. There are so many possibilities and an exam and appropriate studies can help to diagnose the problem. Some potential causes could be quite simple and others much more ominous, please get checked. Thank you for your question. ...Read more

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Severe nausea with no vomiting diarrhea or any other symptoms for over 12 hours. What could it be?

Severe nausea with no vomiting diarrhea or any other symptoms for over 12 hours. What could it be?

Nausea: The nausea is nonspecific at this time since no other symptoms have developed. Possibilities include early viral gastroenteritis, irritation or inflammation of the stomach lining, reaction or indigestion related to a recent food or drink or medication, pregnancy, etc. Drink some room temperature flat ginger ale and eat lightly (saltines, broth) but see your physician if abdominal pain, vomiting occu ...Read more

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Could you have the stomach flu if you have two bouts of green diarrhea but no other symptoms. No fever, no body achs?

Could you have the stomach flu if you have two bouts of green diarrhea but no other symptoms. No fever, no body achs?

Unlikely: Although I do not know what you mean by "stomach flu", if you simply had two episodes of loose stools and it has cleared without further issues, would not worry about this further. Good luck. ...Read more

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Episodes of extreme cold/chills, no fever. I cover & fall asleep wake up sweating. Nauseated, fatigued. No diarrhea/vomiting, no other symptoms. ER?

Episodes of extreme cold/chills, no fever. I cover & fall asleep wake up sweating. Nauseated, fatigued. No diarrhea/vomiting, no other symptoms. ER?

Need more info: It does not seem as if this is an emergency and that you could be seen Monday by a PCP, but this depends upon a variety of factors. What other symptoms you may have, what you have been exposed to, and so on and so on. If, however, you are in any doubt, better to be safe than sorry. ...Read more

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What causes persistent diarrhea, but no other ill symptoms?

What causes persistent diarrhea, but no other ill symptoms?

Lots of things. C MD: Can be due to irritable bowel syndrome, parasites, small bowel bacterial overgrowth, microscopic colitis, malabsorption of sugars, inflammation, diverticulosis of small bowel, celiac sprue, hormonal abnormalities, and more. Don't know your details. See your doc. ...Read more

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What can cause chronic diarrhea without other symptoms and how should I deal?

What can cause chronic diarrhea without other symptoms and how should I deal?

Sxs: This can't be diagnosed with the information that is available. A history, physical examination & other studies may be needed to determine cause/causes.
Once accurately assessed a treatment plan can be developed. ...Read more

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3 day BRAT after 9 days diarrhea. No other symptoms really. Now morning bm, sparse/pencily/slightly formed but feeling kind of constipated. Normal?

3 day BRAT after 9 days diarrhea. No other symptoms really. Now morning bm, sparse/pencily/slightly formed but feeling kind of constipated. Normal?

Bowel movements: It is not unusual for it to take a while for the bowel movements to return to normal after a stretch of diarrhea. As you transition off of the brat diet, you should add more and more fiber to your diet until your stools are normal. Good luck. ...Read more

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My son if vomiting and has diarrhea there are no other symptoms and this happens to him every few days and others he is fine. I'm lost.

My son if vomiting and has diarrhea there are no other symptoms and this happens to him every few days and others he is fine. I'm lost.

Diarrhea: If indeed your child has these symptoms, it is not normal particularly if weight gain in inadequate. Causes range from infections to intolerance to certain food categories. A methodical evaluation is in order. Some initial labs that may be done include: CBC, ESR, albumin, stool pH and analysis for pathogens ...Read more

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I have a very hard, external hemorrhoid (my first). It seemed to come on quickly after 2 days of diarrhea. (no other symptoms) very painful. Help?

I have a very hard, external hemorrhoid (my first). It seemed to come on quickly after 2 days of diarrhea. (no other symptoms) very painful. Help?

Sounds like: Thrombosed external hemorroid. Try otc topicals with hydrocortisone or anesthetic. Lying down to reduce pressure to area and ice pack can also help. If these don't work sometimes the clot needs to be surgically removed. Although painful, this condition will subside. More important is cause of diarrhea. Make sure it is nothing serious. Get colonoscopy if you have not had one. ...Read more

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Last three days everything I eat I end up going to rr with diarrhea no other symptoms no food allergies no one else sick?

Last three days everything I eat I end up going to rr with diarrhea no other symptoms no food allergies no one else sick?

Hard to tell: But if it has been present for 3 days and not getting better, it is only prudent for you to consult your doctor about this issue especially if you have been to a less developed country within the past 2 weeks. ...Read more

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I was told the c diff toxin screen came back positive. I don't have diarrhea or other symptoms. They still want to treat me with antibiotics. Can us b?

I was told the c diff toxin screen came back positive. I don't have diarrhea or other symptoms. They still want to treat me with antibiotics. Can us b?

Carrier: Carriers of c diff, even though they have no symptoms, can transmit the infection. Unless they are in a hospital or nursing home, they often are not treated but advised to be very careful about hygiene after bowel movements. A consultant in infectious diseases can advise you best on whether you should be treated. ...Read more

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Can ecoli and other bacteria get in a cut on your hand or any part of the body and cause diarrhea and other symptoms?

Can ecoli and other bacteria get in a cut on your hand or any part of the body and cause diarrhea and other symptoms?

No: E coli is everywhere, including in small numbers in tap water.
For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Drink enough water daily, so that your urine is mostly colorless. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form.
Practice safe sex.
Get HPV vaccine. ...Read more

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My calprotectin is 59. Other than occasional mild cramps, no diarrhea, constipation, blood or other symptoms. Other labs all normal. Colonoscopy time?

My calprotectin is 59. Other than occasional mild cramps, no diarrhea, constipation, blood or other symptoms. Other labs all normal. Colonoscopy time?

Not necessarily: I'm not sure why you had a fecal calprotectin performed if you have no symptoms other than cramping. Levels are elevated in inflammatory conditions of the gastrointestinal tract. If you have a family history of ulcerative colitis or Crohn's disease a colonoscopy could be considered, but will likely be of low yield without additional symptoms. ...Read more

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On and off over the past few months I have had very loud bowel sounds. Stool culture normal and no diarrhea. No other symptoms except sometimes feeling unusually full. Endoscopy 1.5 yrs ago was normal and no h plyori. Causes?

On and off over the past few months I have had very loud bowel sounds. Stool culture normal and no diarrhea. No other symptoms except sometimes feeling unusually full. Endoscopy 1.5 yrs ago was normal and no h plyori. Causes?

Ultrasound: Of your abdomen will rule out other issues such as gallbladder, liver and pancreatic illnesses. Certain gas forming foods and lactose intolerance, IBS and stress can also be factors. I suggest a repeat exam, blood testing and an abdominal ultrasound. ...Read more

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She recently started Prozac (2 weeks ago), Prilosec (3weeks), and now Lactaid. Started vomiting this morning and diarrhea. No fever or other symptoms.?

She recently started Prozac (2 weeks ago), Prilosec (3weeks), and now Lactaid. Started vomiting this morning and diarrhea. No fever or other symptoms.?

Not the vomiting: Is related to meds. Prozac (fluoxetine) can cause chronic nausea but not diarrhea. Prilosec can cause diarrhea but not vomiting. Lactose intolerance can cause both, though taking Lactaid is supposed to treat that condition. I would stop everything and start over beginning with the Prilosec. You haven't been on Prozac (fluoxetine) long enough to withdraw. ...Read more

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Stomach achy off and on for several weeks. Feel knot in lower throat. Soft feces, but not diarrhea. No other symptoms; no blood. What could it be?

Stomach achy off and on for several weeks. Feel knot in lower throat. Soft feces, but not diarrhea. No other symptoms; no blood. What could it be?

Abdominal discomfort: There are too many possibilities to even begin to speculate without more information and a full medical evaluation. Since this has been in progress for several weeks, it would seem appropriate to be seen by your doctor and begin a full assessment. Hope you are well soon. ...Read more

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Wake up with nausea and stomach ache. Throw up and have diarrhea. No other symptoms. Pregncy imposs. Food allergy? Virus? Reaction to birth control?

Wake up with nausea and stomach ache. Throw up and have diarrhea. No other symptoms. Pregncy imposs. Food allergy? Virus? Reaction to birth control?

Gastroenteritis: Either reaction to something in your food (toxins produced by staph, bacillus cereus, clostridium perfringens, etc.), or a viral etiology. In any event this should clear up within 3-5 days under most circumstances. If this recurs repeatedly you should see a GI doctor. Good luck. ...Read more

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My husband has black powdery liquid diarrhea. No other pain or symptoms. Should I be concern does he need to go emergency room?

My husband has black powdery liquid diarrhea. No other pain or symptoms. Should I be concern does he need to go emergency room?

NOT good if melena: Dark-colored stools may result from iron supplements, foods you eat (like a lot of spinach), substances (like peptobismol), but most significantly suggests bleeding. When blood is denatured by acid in your stomach, as from ulcers, stools will turn tarry ("melena"). Blood may also be ingested from nose bleeds, bleeding gums. Stop any nsaid's he's taking & call his doctor right away for evaluation. ...Read more

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Recently, whenever I eat peanut butter I experience a couple BMs that progress to diarrhea. This is new. No other symptoms. Intolerance or allergy?

Recently, whenever I eat peanut butter I experience a couple BMs that progress to diarrhea. This is new. No other symptoms. Intolerance or allergy?

Likely allergy: This is likely a GI response to peanuts due to allergy. However some patients do have an intolerance to peanuts. The best way to tell is to obtain a blood test IgE to peanut. Either way, it is best for you to avoid peanuts altogether. ...Read more

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My 3 year old has clear liquid diarrhea with no odor, or other symptoms. It often comes out accidentally when she passes gas too. What is happening?

My 3 year old has clear liquid diarrhea with no odor, or other symptoms. It often comes out accidentally when she passes gas too. What is happening?

Viral: Your baby may have an acute viral infection causing diarrhea. If this is a new symptom you can monitor her fluid intake with clear liquids for about 8 hours then add solids in the form of constipating foods like bananas, rice, apples. No milk products until the stool hardens. If you are unable to keep up with the diarrhea fluid losses due to nausea or vomiting, please call her doctor. ...Read more

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How long to be concerned about diarrhea? I have very few other symptoms, no stomach pain. Had traveled to central america when it began.

How long to be concerned about diarrhea? I have very few other symptoms, no stomach pain. Had traveled to central america when it began.

A week unless...: Most acute viral causes of diarrhea can last a week; some bacterial causes can last a week. If you have ongoing symptoms, high fever, bleeding, difficulty keeping up intake with the output, see your doc.
Parasites always a possibility. Other GI causes of diarrhea, e.g. Inflammatory bowel, celiac sprue, would have longer history than a week. ...Read more

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Help. My 2y/o has low grade fever, very irritable, will not eat, and has watery diarrhea. Will not communicate any other symptoms to me. Uti?

Help. My 2y/o has low grade fever, very irritable, will not eat, and has watery diarrhea. Will not communicate any other symptoms to me. Uti?

Gastroenteritis: These symptoms (fever, vomiting, diarrhea) are most consistent with a viral infection: gastroenteritis. You should focus on fever and pain control as well as hydration. It is not as important that she is eating right now. UTI is a reasonable concern and is more likely if she had a UTI in the past, is still in diapers, or has two days of high fever. Call your doctor if concerned about dehydration. ...Read more

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My 2 year old threw up Sunday morning and Monday night. Tuesday she had smelly diarrhea. Other symptoms, drool, runny nose, complains ofbooboo.

My 2 year old threw up Sunday morning and Monday night. Tuesday she had smelly diarrhea. Other symptoms, drool, runny nose, complains ofbooboo.

Vomiting, diarrhea: Acute gastroenteritis from a virus causes vomiting, diarrhea, and in some occasions, upper respiratory symptoms. Contact your pediatrician if the child is unable to keep any food/fluids down due to the risk of dehydration. ...Read more

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I had a natural complete miscarriage 6 days ago. I'm having bad gas pains and diarrhea now, no fever or other symptoms. Is this normal?

Gastroenteritis: Spontaneous abortion and diarrhea do not seem to be related. No instrumentation done, no fever. Not related. Probably got a stomach flu. Keep yourself well hydrated and take some probiotic. ...Read more

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Help please! Could you have the stomach flu with two bouts of green diarrhea but no fever or other symptoms? I've been scared to eat...

Enteritis: It sounds as if you have little or anything to worry about. If the diarrhea returns and persists, then you might want to see a doctor. The color of the stool has no relevance. ...Read more

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Low grade fever muscle aches joint pain headaches for ten days with diarrhea on and off. No other symptoms. CBC and ESR within normal range pcp sugge?

Low grade fever muscle aches joint pain headaches for ten days with diarrhea on and off. No other symptoms. CBC and ESR within normal range pcp sugge?

Muscle aches: Your symptoms together may suggest an inflammatory disease, even though the ESR and CBC are normal. You may need a work up by a rheumatologist because of the joint complaints. I would be happy to do a consult if needed. ...Read more

Dr. Oscar Novick
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Diarrhea (Definition)

Diarrhea = increased frequency of stools which ...Read more