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Help! Been having diarrhea and is possible to have systemic viral infection and hypokalemia. I'm just worried.

Help! Been having diarrhea and is possible to have systemic viral infection and hypokalemia. I'm just worried.

Diarrhea: With the symptoms you describe you could have a viral process and low K, but no way to know from out here. Go see your Dr for evaluation.. ...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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What causes occasional boughts of loose stools..Some watery a man late 60...These boughts happen mostly a few minuter after eating....?

What causes occasional boughts of loose stools..Some watery a man late 60...These boughts happen mostly a few minuter after eating....?

Many: Ibs, inflamatory bowel disease, infections, side effects of meds especially some meds like antibiotics and some otc supplements. Just to name a few. You need labs , stool sample and probably a colonoscopy. ...Read more

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I have watery loose stools for over a month now. Could I have pancreatic tumor? I had a colonoscopy 2 years ago and was normal. I am 27.

I have watery loose stools for over a month now. Could I have pancreatic tumor? I had a colonoscopy 2 years ago and was normal. I am 27.

Probably not: Pancreatic disorders may cause loose stool. They are not the most common cause. In the office, I would suggest a probiotic or yogurt daily as well as citrucel daily. You may also have a food allergy or sensitivity, consider keeping a food diary to track triggers. Medications frequently cause diarrhea- not sure you take any. Stool evaluation at your doctor's office may also help. ...Read more

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21 y/o female .. i've been having stomach gurgling for a month and an urge to stools postprandial for 2 weeks now with loose stools but not watery?

21 y/o female .. i've been having stomach gurgling for a month and an urge to stools postprandial for 2 weeks now with loose stools but not watery?

Colitis: This may be irritable bowel syndrome,gluten intolerance or intestinal infection. A stool sample should be sent for culture for pathogens as well as ova and parasites. An antispasmodic medication like bentyl (dicyclomine) can be prescribed .before meals if you have irritable bowel syndrome. A gastroenterologist is best qualified to evaluate and treat you if symptoms persist. ...Read more

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I keep waking up between 5-6am needing to pass BM and anxiety feeling. Very loose stools, but not watery. Stomach seems fine rest of the day. IBS?

I keep waking up between 5-6am needing to pass BM and anxiety feeling. Very loose stools, but not watery. Stomach seems fine rest of the day. IBS?

Possibly IBS: And, if it is, you're fortunate it's not a problem during the day too. That's a good sign that it may be easier than some to treat. The mention of anxiety is also a good sign that if you can get it and the stress in your life under some good management it will be much better. Consider CBT therapy to address skills to avoid, reduce and manage anxiety - also carefully look at your diet. Best wishes! ...Read more

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Diarrhoea, loose stools since 3 years, brittle hair, skin pigmentation, PCOS, borderline anemia, low vit d, watery eyes. Is this auto-immune disease?

Diarrhoea, loose stools since 3 years, brittle hair, skin pigmentation, PCOS, borderline anemia, low vit d, watery eyes. Is this auto-immune disease?

Could be: These chronic symptoms are concerning enough to warrant further evaluation. See your primary doctor to discuss all your concerns and symptoms. At that point screening labs for autoimmune conditions can be drawn and a referral to a rheumatologist can be made if indicated. ...Read more

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Our baby has had two total just wet diapers in the past three days and an average of 3 to 4 poopy/diarrhea diapers per day. She is very sleepy.

Our baby has had two total just wet diapers in the past three days and an average of 3 to 4 poopy/diarrhea diapers per day. She is very sleepy.

Dehydration: Less than 5 wet diapers in 24 hours in a baby is suggestive of dehydration, which babies do not tolerate well. If oral rehydration with an electrolyte solution does not increase urination frequency shortly, emergent evaluation by you physician or an emergency facility is in order. ...Read more

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My 16 month baby having diarrhea for the last 7 days and having 3 to 4 runny poops in a day what can I do help?

See below: First, don't panic. Second, toddlers often will have unexplained diarrhea called "toddler's diarrhea" and it is not worrisome unless, blood is seen or the child is showing signs of dehydration. Often may related to teething. If none of the above. Wait it out and if not improved after 2 weeks, see you doc. If problems, see doc sooner. ...Read more

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My 14 minth has diarrhea. She has literally pooped at least 10 times today. All runny. Is there any thing i can give her?

My 14 minth has diarrhea. She has literally pooped at least 10 times today. All runny. Is there any thing i can give her?

Fluids: 1st, call your child's doctor. Meanwhile keep your child hydrated. When my kids were young we found it easy to give "Pedialyte" which is available on the shelf in most drugstores. ...Read more

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My son is 2 yrs ok and has diarrhea for 6 days now. Also, he has had 2 wet diapers in 3 days. He's acting ok but is there anything I should do?

My son is 2 yrs ok and has diarrhea for 6 days now. Also, he has had 2 wet diapers in 3 days. He's acting ok but is there anything I should do?

See Dr.: Children, especially infants can get dehydrated quickly. Diarrhea for that long and only 2 wet diapers in 3 days is a precursor to worsening dehydration. See the dr. For an evaluation. Best wishes. ...Read more

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2yr son is vomiting only at night. Doesnt eat, hardly wet diapers but drinks fluids. Lots of diarrhea today. What could be wrong? When do I go to dr?

See below: Persistent vomiting that lasts more than 2 days should be evaluated by your doctor to rule out serious medical problems. If the vomiting is also followed by diarrhea, fever, abdominal pain or any other type of sharp or sudden pain, emergency care should be instituted. Possible causes: food, reflux, viral infection, headaches/migraines, parasites, cough associated with post nasal drip or asthma. ...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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I have been throwing up every 2 hours. Phenergran ineffective. Also have very runny diarrhea. How do I make it stop?

I have been throwing up every 2 hours. Phenergran ineffective. Also have very runny diarrhea. How do I make it stop?

May have a virus: One who has runny diarrhea , nausea and vomiting may have an intestinal infection, either viral or bacterial. If as you describe, one continues with diarrhea and vomiting inspite of anti nausea med, then one may need to go to the er for IV hydration, especially if lightheaded when one stands up. The doc there can assess whether bacterial or viral and recommend appropriate meds. ...Read more

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I am having runny diarrhea and the color is dark green, also i ate a blueberry muffin today can that be the cause of it?

I am having runny diarrhea and the color is dark green, also i ate a blueberry muffin today can that be the cause of it?

Possibly: If the muffin was bad or contaminated, it could be. However, it depends on what else you ate and if anyone else who ate the same things also got sick. Usually these infections resolve within 1-2 days. If not, see your doctor for an exam and possible stool test. ...Read more

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I have sudden onset back pain associated with headaches and diarrhea, what's wrong? I don't have a sinus or upper realities problem no cough or runny.

I have sudden onset back pain associated with headaches and diarrhea, what's wrong? I don't have a sinus or upper realities problem no cough or runny.

Diagnosis: Answers on HealthTap aren't intended for individual treatment, prescription or diagnosis. Beyond that this issue requires further history, physical exam, perhaps some labs and imaging studies before one could postulate an explanation for these symptoms. Go and see your PCP. Best wishes. ...Read more

Dr. Clarence Grim
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Hypokalemia (Definition)

Most labs will define normal as 3.5 to 5. Some may increase the upper limits to 5.2 but anything above 5.5 is clearly abnormal. Level below ...Read more


Dr. Oscar Novick
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Diarrhea (Definition)

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