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Should I be concerned about my diarrhea?

Should I be concerned about my diarrhea?

Maybe: 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

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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Should I be concerned about my baby's bright green diarrhea?

Should I be concerned about my baby's bright green diarrhea?

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

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Should I be worried or concerned about my kids having slimy diarrhea?

Should I be worried or concerned about my kids having slimy diarrhea?

Not really: If it doesn't go away in a few days or is associated with more than 3 days of fever then a call to the pediatrician is called for. ...Read more

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Is 1-2 diarrhea a day for 2 weeks something to be very concerned about?

Is 1-2 diarrhea a day for 2 weeks something to be very concerned about?

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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Should I be concerned about having diarrhea more than three times a week?

Should I be concerned about having diarrhea more than three times a week?

Get it checked: May be something, may be nothing.
Could be irritable bowel, could be parasites, celiac sprue, inflammatory bowel, tumors, hormones, etc.
See your doc. ...Read more

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If I have consistent diarrhea that is very foul smelling.. should I be concerned?

If I have consistent diarrhea that is very foul smelling.. should I be concerned?

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

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Is diarrhea for a couple of weeks something to be concerned about (maybe 2-3 bm's/day)?

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

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I have been having green diarrhea for two days now. Should I be concerned or is this normal?

I have been having green diarrhea for two days now. Should I be concerned or is this normal?

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

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Female 25. I have had two bouts of explosive dark brown diarrhea over the past two hours. Should I be concerned?

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

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I've woken every morning to diarrhea for 5 days in a row. It doesn't occur throughout the day. Should I be concerned?

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

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For about the last 6 months I have experienced a bout of diarrhea about 1tome a week. It only lasts about 2-3 passingly. Should I be concerned?

Not likely: A problem but make sure you got a screening colonoscopy, make sure not an ulcer and blood causing diarrhea, but periodic diarrhea without wt loss not huge concern. ...Read more

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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?

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

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Bright neon diarrhea with strings in it, should I be concerned?

Bright neon diarrhea with strings in it, should I be concerned?

Depends: Depends what you ate to cause that. That is not caused by any condition or food I've ever heard of. ...Read more

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My son has had diarrhea for 4 days now. He is 2 yrs old. Should I be concerned?

My son has had diarrhea for 4 days now. He is 2 yrs old. Should I be concerned?

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

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My daughter has green bowls and diarrhea should I be concerned? My daughter is 10

My daughter has green bowls and diarrhea should I be concerned? My daughter is 10

Good: 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

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Today I had bloody maroon colored diarrhea. Recently had a colonoscopy that found nothing. Should I be concerned?

Source could be: Higher up such as small bowel or stomach. Talk to your GI doctor as u may need an egd and if that's negative a small bowel capsule study. ...Read more

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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?

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

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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

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

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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

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My 5 year old daughter has diarrhea on a regular basis. Should I be concerned?

My 5 year old daughter has diarrhea on a regular basis. Should I be concerned?

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

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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

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Recently diagnosed with gall stones. I've been experiencing diarrhea every day for a week. Is this normal or should I be concerned?

Recently diagnosed with gall stones. I've been experiencing diarrhea every day for a week. Is this normal or should I be concerned?

Consult your MD: Yes gall stones can cause diarrhea like loose watery and frequent stools due to inhibition of normal digestive process. Gall stones cause inflammation of gall bladder which causes inability og gall bladder to deliver bile to the small intestine. ...Read more

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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?

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

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Gave myself 1st orencia (abatacept) shot yesterday & woke up this morning with terrible diarrhea, that doesn't seem to want to stop, should I be concerned?

It may be due to ore: It may be related to the injection of orencia
you can take immodium ad or call your doctor and get a prescription for Lomotil (diphenoxylat and atropine) and drink plenty of clear liquids to prevent dehydration. ...Read more

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I am six weeks pregnant and have diarrhea; 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

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My toddler has had diarrhea for a week along with hives for the past 3 days should I be concerned?

Yes, see Peds: Diarrhea can be an indicator of food intolerance / allergy. Hives are almost always due to allergic trigger in this age group. See your pediatrician asap to start determining what the cauase is. ...Read more

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Our 3 year old has yellowish light colored diarrhea. Is this something we should be concerned about?

Our 3 year old has yellowish light colored diarrhea. Is this something we should be concerned about?

Not specifically: The color of the poo ranges from dark to lighter green, through the yellows and browns based on the action of gut germs on the bile as it passes through. That particular color has little significance other than indicated it moved through quicker than the brown stuff. ...Read more

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Should I be concerned that I've had diarrhea, virtually, none stop since my c-section 4, nearly 5, years ago?

Yes, and need more: Information. Five years is too long to live with diarrhea. Did you lose weight? It would be prudent to see your doctor as it would need taking history, physical examination and may be some tests. ...Read more

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I have a cold right now. (Cough, tired, flemmy) I also have bright green diarrhea. Should I be concerned about this?

Diarrhea can: Be caused by the same cold virus or medications that you are taking. The green color due to fast transit time of the digested food from the colon so there is no enough time for the bacterias in the bowel to break down the bile. ...Read more

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Having diarrhea that is dark olive green w/ what looks like coffee grounds. Have an appt today. Should I be concerned?

Yes but..: A concern about upper GI bleeding is low. Coffee ground like matter in diarrhea is not the same as emesis. But let your doctor know. ...Read more

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I have been experiencing increasingly frequent bouts of diarrhea over the past 8 weeks. Should I be concerned? I have hashimoto's disease.

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

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After taking gallbladder out, diarrhea and burping, should I be concerned?

After taking gallbladder out, diarrhea and burping, should I be concerned?

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

Dr. Oscar Novick
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Diarrhea (Definition)

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