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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
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.See 1 more doctor answer
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.
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.See 2 more doctor answers
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
Depends: Depends what you ate to cause that. That is not caused by any condition or food I've ever heard of.
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.
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.
Blood?: You may be bleeding. You should help asap.
I have been having diarrhea w/ what looks like coffee grounds in it today. Should I be concerned?
Yes: This may indicate some upper gastrointestinal bleeding, which needs to be evaluated. You need to report this to you doctor.
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.See 1 more doctor answer
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.
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