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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

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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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

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