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How Concerned Should I Be About Diarrhea
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
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
I've woken every morning to diarrhea for 5 days in a row. It doesn't occur throughout the day. Should I be concerned?
Diarrhea: 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
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 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?
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
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
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