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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

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


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