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Should I go to the hospital? I think I might be starting the diarrhea that half the class got.

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Dr. Charles Cattano
Internal Medicine - Gastroenterology

In brief: When ER visit...

"diarrhea" is defined by volume & stool frequency (typically more than 4-5 bowel movements/day).
Seek medical care if associated with bleeding, fever, tenderness, known pathogenic bacteria exposure, can't tolerate meals or stay hydrated, dizziness, or when diarrhea is persistent or progressive. Under these circumstances, antibiotics may be appropriate. Otherwise, eat light, drink fluids, get rest.

In brief: When ER visit...

"diarrhea" is defined by volume & stool frequency (typically more than 4-5 bowel movements/day).
Seek medical care if associated with bleeding, fever, tenderness, known pathogenic bacteria exposure, can't tolerate meals or stay hydrated, dizziness, or when diarrhea is persistent or progressive. Under these circumstances, antibiotics may be appropriate. Otherwise, eat light, drink fluids, get rest.
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