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How Concerned Should I Be About Diarrhea
Diarrhea most often resolves on its own, so it really depends on how long you've had it and how severe it is...
Be sure to keep hydrated and avoid eating raw veggies and fruits that are hard to digest.
Hope you're on the road to recovery soon! ...Read more
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
No: Parents often worry about the color of their child's feces. Whereas red and white colored stool certainly requires special attention, yellow, brown, and green ones generally do not. Just be sure your child is getting enough balanced electrolyte drink such as pedialyte not to get dehydrated. ...Read more
Possibly: It represents a change. It may relate to something innocuous - a change in medication for example - or something serious. In general, change warrants explanation. If you can't find a good reason, see your doc or possibly a GI doc. ...Read more
If chronic- yes: Chronic diarrhea with a foul smell suggests malabsorption issue or a chronic amoebic infection. If not addressed, you could begin to lose weight, become malnourished, and develop certain signs/symptoms of vitamin deficiency especially Vitamins A, D, E, and K. See your doctor- depending on the details of your case, additional testing can be done together one the exact diagnosis and get treated. ...Read more
Not having diarrhea: Normal bowel frequency varies from 3 movements/ day to one movement every 3 to 4 days. Stool consistency, measured by bristol stool scale, varies from normal (4), hard (1-3), soft (5-7). Stool frequency you describe does not meet the medical definition of diarrhea. Perhaps you have a change in stool texure, urgency, or volume? Report accompanying symptoms (blood, tenderness, fever) to your doctor. ...Read more
Not normal: But not cause for concern at this point. Really need to know more to give an idea on cause. Do you have fever, chills, abdominal pain, nausea, visiting? Have you had recent travel, use antibiotics or has anyone else been sick? Give it a few days if the answer to all these is "no". If not better or gets worse then go see a doc. ...Read more
Female 25. I have had two bouts of explosive dark brown diarrhea over the past two hours. Should I be concerned?
Only if painful: I'd stay close to a toilet, (stay home), stay away from others (minimize spread), and drink plenty of fluids (alternate water and Gatorade). If this continues or is uncontrolled, or associated with anything more than mild abdominal pain/cramping, then head to an urgent care or ER (if severe) or see your doctor in the morning. Speed of follow up is proportional to pain. ...Read more
I've woken every morning to diarrhea for 5 days in a row. It doesn't occur throughout the day. Should I be concerned?
Daytime diarrhea is usually functional, like irritible bowel
whereas diarrhea in the middle of the night sounds more like an infection. 5 days is pretty acute; we usually distinguish at 2 weeks. Could be a stomach flu still or salmonella or campylobacter from some food you ate. ...Read more
I've had light green diarrhea for about a week now. There is no pain, but I have to use the restroom more than 3 times a day. Should I be concerned?
Yes: 1 week is getting long for a common type of viral illness that can cause diarrhea, and you become more at risk of getting dehydrated and acquiring electrolyte abnormalities with chronic diarrhea. See a dr. For an evaluation, diagnosis and treatment. Best wishes. ...Read more
Depends: Depends what you ate to cause that. That is not caused by any condition or food I've ever heard of. ...Read more
Sounds like you are: And most parents would be too. Make sure he is getting water - even better if it has some electrolytes, etc. Also, do have him seen as soon as possible at either his doctor or a urgent care clinic - even an er if no place else is possible. Little kids can be tough, but they are also fragile in some ways. Take care. ...Read more
Good news! The only stool colors we get really concerned about are red (blood from colon), black (blood from small intestine or stomach), or white (liver is not working well). Colors such as brown, yellow, orange, green, even blue (blue kool-aid or blueberries) or purple (beets) can all be normal and usually associated with diet. If she has a persistent change in her stool habits, you should contact her physician since this could be a sign of an underlying disorder, but a one-time strange stool that is not red, black or white is usually of no concern.
Other reasons to contact her doctor are fever, diarrhea that lasts longer than a week or any concern for dehydration. ...Read more
Blood?: You may be bleeding. You should help asap. ...Read more
I have been having diarrhea w/ what looks like coffee grounds in it today. Should I be concerned?
My son has had only two wet diapers in two days. He also has had green diarrhea for six days now. Should I be concerned?
Go to the Hospital: Please. Put down the smart phone and get your son to the emergency room. This is not normal and is very frightening to think you have gone six days without getting him medical attention. He is not peeing. He is very ill. Please take him to the nearest emergency room or get him to his pediatrician. ...Read more
My three year old has had diarrhea for almost a month but without any other symptoms or change in diet. Is this something to be concerned about? Tks
CHRONIC DIARRHEA....: Most of the diarrhea are viral origin, no blood in stool, not much cramp or fever, resolves by an week or so. If longer, your child need to have an exam, test to find out the cause. Check with the child's pediatrician. By the time, give her pedialyte for each diarrhea, some yogurt, bananna, rice, applesauce, toast, etc. ...Read more
I have had diarrhea for the last few days and its dark black with brown foam that floats at the top of the water in the toilet. Should I be concerned?
Dark black?: Black (not bright red) stools can indicate bleeding in the upper GI tract. This needs to be checked out by your doctor. You could also have some type of food poisoning that causes blood in stool. Please see your doctor as soon as you can. Be well. ...Read more
YES...,: You need to find out the cause. Infants can have viral diarrhea more often, at 5 years recurrent diarrhea is unusual. Check with her pediatrician. ...Read more
I have had diarrhea for over a week now and have lost 6 pounds. Should I be concerned and go to the ER or no?
See a doctor: If you ate something that caused the diarrhea, and you continue to eat the same type of foods, your symptoms will persist. You must stay on things like toast and tea. If you have been, and your symptoms persist, especially if there is blood in the stool, you must be evaluated to rule out an inflammatory bowel disease. ...Read more
My son is 2 yrs old and has had diarrhea for over a week now. He is eating ok and acting fine. Should I be concerned?
No: Just to keep him well hydrated, but do not allow drinking juice. ...Read more
Recently diagnosed with gall stones. I've been experiencing diarrhea every day for a week. Is this normal or should I be concerned?
I've had diarrhea for the past 5 days. No sign of dehydration. I had also had a slight headache the past few days. Should I be concerned?
These certainly are: Not normal signs so you should be concerned. This may well all be due to a viral infection but you would not want to miss something more serious since the symptoms have been persistent. Make an appointment with your health care provider and check this out before more serious conditions develop. ...Read more
So I had diarrhea, and there was this weird, tissue type stuff in it and some of it was red but it didn't look like blood, should I be concerned?
Red stuff: It's only a guess what the red stuff in your diarrhea could have been. Thus I cannot tell you whether you should or should not be concerned. ...Read more
Few days ago I had diarrhea that was almost black. It stopped but last night I had diarrhea with bright red blood? How much should I be concerned?
Diarrhea: This could be something as simple as viral gastroenteritis. Hopefully it resolves quickly. Usually the fetus is fine. However, it you develop high fever, severe abdominal pain, bloody diarrhea or are unable to keep up with fluid losses - than medical eval would be prudent. Take care ...Read more
My toddler has had diarrhea for a week along with hives for the past 3 days should I be concerned?
Our 3 year old has yellowish light colored diarrhea. Is this something we should be concerned about?
Should I be concerned that I've had diarrhea, virtually, none stop since my c-section 4, nearly 5, years ago?
Having diarrhea that is dark olive green w/ what looks like coffee grounds. Have an appt today. Should I be concerned?
I have constant loose stools, everyday I have pain but also followed by loose diarrhea type stools, should I be concerned?
I have been experiencing increasingly frequent bouts of diarrhea over the past 8 weeks. Should I be concerned? I have hashimoto's disease.
Short answer: yes: Diarrhea lasting more than 3 weeks usually requires a medical workup. Increased thyroid levels (from medications) could be a cause of diarrhea. I suggest you see your doctor. ...Read more
Give it some time...: The body has to adapt to the gall bladder missing and it may result in loose stools for 1-2 months. There is no longer a place to store bile, so it all goes into the intestine and has to be reabsorbed. Until the body reaches a "new steady state" the extra mile causes irritation which leads to water rushing into the intestine and results in diarrhea. ...Read more
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