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When should you see a doctor for diarrhea? My teenager has had it for about 10 to 12 hours, its dark green and extremely watery.

When should you see a doctor for diarrhea? My teenager has had it for about 10 to 12 hours, its  dark green and extremely watery.

Depends: If he is usually healthy and this just started, keep them hydrated and watch them. Most cases will last only a short time. It is very difficult to say without seeing them. ...Read more

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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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When should you see a doctor for vomiting and diarrhea?

When should you see a doctor for vomiting and diarrhea?

Vomiting/diarrhea : When you are having both vomiting and diarrhea you should have a low threshold for seeing your doctor. The problem is that it is difficult to avoid dehydration if you cannot keep fluids down. Better to see your doctor early rather than get in trouble. Good luck. ...Read more

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I've had loose stools with mucus and clear mucus on its own come out of anus for a week shall i see a doctor?

I've had loose stools with mucus and clear mucus on its own come out of anus for a week shall i see a doctor?

Go see your doctor: Any time symptoms persist, it's always a good idea to check in w/your family doctor (or gp on your side of the pond). Loose stools or diarrhea is more worrisome when accompanied by stomach pain, blood, fever, sweats, chills, etc. Think back to where you last ate before getting sick. Ask your mates if anyone else is feeling poorly. Some anti-diarrhea medications may be available w/o prescription. ...Read more

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I have had loose stools for 8 months now? I have been doctor he is transferring me to hospital for a camera to see what's going on is it normal

I have had loose stools for 8 months now? I have been doctor he is transferring me to hospital for a camera to see what's going on is it normal

Chronic diarrhea: Having chronic diarrhea for 8 months could be due to a number of reasons. In order to work up for the cause, will need more detailed information. Whether or not you had stool studies, TSH level, endoscopic procedures to rule out ulcerative colitis/crohn's disease, microscopic colitis, celiac disease. Past medical history of possible diabetes, lactose intolerance, artificial sugar use are import. ...Read more

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Last couple of days I have had yellow loose stools? The last couple of days when i go to the bathroom my stools where yellow and then green, loose stools. Should i be concerned? I can't get in to see a doctor until next month on the 14th. I am worried, wh

Last couple of days I have had yellow loose stools? The last couple of days when i go to the bathroom my stools where yellow and then green, loose stools. Should i be concerned? I can't get in to see a doctor until next month on the 14th. I am worried, wh

I : I would call your doctor. The green stools may not be such a big deal because that can occur when feces transits too quickly through the colon. It prevents bile from be adequately metabolised and thus the feces do not from green to their characteristic brown colored. This is usually wet or liquid. However, the yellow stools could be from an absence of bile salts (liver, gallbladder or common bile duct). I would let you doctor know, as it is likely that he or she might want to see you sooner. ...Read more

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I have had loose stools for the past 3 weeks, no cramping or bleeding in the stool but a little tired , should I see a doctor or just wait it out?

I have had loose stools for the past 3 weeks, no cramping or bleeding in the stool but a little tired , should I see a doctor or just wait it out?

Long time: to have sporadic diarrhea. You don't give any information about yourself, but the tiredness could mean that you are slowly losing blood in quantities too small to see in this diarrhea. I think you should see someone. ...Read more

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Severe diarrhea & mild stomach cramps. At what point do I need to see the doctor? Think it was something funky I ate last night.

Severe diarrhea & mild stomach cramps.  At what point do I need to see the doctor? Think it was something funky I ate last night.

Dehydration: If you become dehydrated= mouth very dry and decreased urination, you should see your doctor. Meanwhile, take frequent sips of fluids to stay hydrated. If the stomach pain becomes severe, you should probably see a doctor. ...Read more

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For diarrhea relief do I need to see a doctor?

For diarrhea relief do I need to see a doctor?

No: For standard diarrhea, you can buy over the counter medication such as imodium (loperamide). See your doctor if you have a high fever, abdominal pain, bloody diarrhea, prolonged symptoms, or if you feel you're becoming dehydrated. ...Read more

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How long can I wait with traveler's diarrhea to see if it goes away without seeing a doctor?

Traveler's diarrhea: Unless the diarrhea is severe enough that you are getting dehydrated, you can safely wait 2 weeks to see if it goes away by itself. Warning signs of a possibly more serious infections include blood in the stools, fever, and severe weakness. After 2 weeks it is best to consult with a physician. ...Read more

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Been having diarrhea for 3 days now. I am worried it will lead to a bug or something else. Should i see a doctor?

Been having diarrhea for 3 days now. I am worried it will lead to a bug or something else. Should i see a doctor?

Likely infectious: Acute diarrhea usually resolves within 1 to 2 weeks. Bloody diarrhea should be evaluated promptly. Increasing clear liquid intake helps prevent dehydration from the diarrhea. It is also advisable to avoid fruit juices and other sugary drinks as they can worsen the diarrhea. ...Read more

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I've been having diarrhea at least 5-6x a day for 3 days now. Can I wait it out more, or should I see a doctor now?

I've been having diarrhea at least 5-6x a day for 3 days now. Can I wait it out more, or should I see a doctor now?

Diarrhea: You must contact your Primary doctor now! If his/ her program is full you will be asked to have someone drive you to the nearest Emergency facility! Things should turn out OK. Please keep me posted. ...Read more

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I have had constant diarrhea for the last few weeks, regardless of what I eat. Is this something I should see a doctor about, or is this common?

I have had constant diarrhea for the last few weeks, regardless of what I eat. Is this something I should see a doctor about, or is this common?

Not normal: Diarrhea lasting several weeks is not normal and should be evaluated by a physician. Especially if you have traveled abroad or had any exposure to impure food or water. ...Read more

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Is it normal to have diarrhea everyday? Hi i wanted to know if it is normal to have diarrhea everyday and what i can do to make it stop. Also, i wanted to know if I should see a doctor about it. Would you know what my problem is? Please respond

Is it normal to have diarrhea everyday? Hi i wanted to know if it is normal to have diarrhea everyday and what i can do to make it stop. Also, i wanted to know if I should see a doctor about it. Would you know what my problem is? Please respond

Hello. : Hello. No it is not normal to have diarrhea everyday. Fluids are normally reasborbed from the feces by the colon as the stool makes it's way through the large intestine. However, if the feces moves too quickly, than the fluid is not reabsorbed and this results in liquid stool. There can be many different causes. I do recommend that you see a doctor if this is a chronic problem to determine the cause. Once the reason is determined the doctor can tell you things to help resolve it. Take care. ...Read more

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I've been feeling more tired and have some traveler's diarrhea. When should I see the doctor?

I've been feeling more tired and have some traveler's diarrhea. When should I see the doctor?

Need more info: You did not share where and when you traveled which would help me guide you. I would also need to know the extent of your diarrhea symptoms and if you are running a fever or are vomiting. What you have tried to stop the diarrhea? ...Read more

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My brother-in-law has had the diarrhea for 2 weeks and thinks it will pass. Question is what could be causing this and should he see a doctor.

My brother-in-law has had the diarrhea for 2 weeks and thinks it will pass. Question is what could be causing this and should he see a doctor.

Worth being seen: Something unexplained that lasts two weeks is generally worth having checked. It would be a shame for him to delay effective treatment for salmonella, celiac sprue, giardiasis, whipple's, a villous adenoma, a vipoma.... The list goes on and on. ...Read more

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I have had diarrhea for over 24 hours and have used the bathroom at least 20 times and its the consistency of water. What could it be and when do I need to see a doctor? What should I take?

I have had diarrhea for over 24 hours and have used the bathroom at least 20 times and its the consistency of water.  What could it be and when do I need to see a doctor?  What should I take?

Virus or bacteria.: Likely causes: viral or bacterial gastrointestinal infections or food poisoning. Most of the time self limited. Be concerned and see a dr. If dehydrated, can't drink fluids, light-headed, fast heart rate, low blood pressure. Also if severe constant abdominal pain, high fever, persistent vomiting. ...Read more

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My feces smells different days before I had nonstop diarrhea took some pills now this why should I see my doctor?

My feces smells different days before I had nonstop diarrhea took some pills now this why should I see my doctor?

Probably not: The smell of feces/stool by itself is never a reason to see your doctor. Stool smells bad because it's full of bacteria, and the bacteria changes over time, and so can the smell, especially after an intestinal infection with diarrhea. If the diarrhea is gone, don't worry about the smell. ...Read more

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I have diarrhea every time I have dairy products like ice cream or cheese. I've never had a problem until the past 6 months. Do I see a doctor??

I have diarrhea every time I have dairy products like ice cream or cheese.  I've never had a problem until the past 6 months.  Do I see a doctor??

Lactose intolerance: You may be describing lactose intolerance. Check out http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/lactose-intolerance/basics/definition/con-20027906 & http://www.webmd.com/digestive-disorders/tc/lactose-intolerance-topic-overview. Can you substitute other foods? Or consider reduced lactose products. Or OTC lactase eg Lactaid & Surelac (http://www.drugs.com/cdi/lactase.html). See doc if no better. ...Read more

Dr. Oscar Novick
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Diarrhea (Definition)

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