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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

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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?

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

Dr. Oscar Novick
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Diarrhea (Definition)

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 ...Read more