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How long to be concerned about diarrhea? I have very few other symptoms, no stomach pain. Had traveled to central america when it began.

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Dr. Arthur Heller
Internal Medicine - Gastroenterology
4 doctors agree

In brief: A week unless...

Most acute viral causes of diarrhea can last a week; some bacterial causes can last a week.
If you have ongoing symptoms, high fever, bleeding, difficulty keeping up intake with the output, see your doc. Parasites always a possibility. Other GI causes of diarrhea, e.g. Inflammatory bowel, celiac sprue, would have longer history than a week.

In brief: A week unless...

Most acute viral causes of diarrhea can last a week; some bacterial causes can last a week.
If you have ongoing symptoms, high fever, bleeding, difficulty keeping up intake with the output, see your doc. Parasites always a possibility. Other GI causes of diarrhea, e.g. Inflammatory bowel, celiac sprue, would have longer history than a week.
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Garrett Caldwell
Family Medicine
3 doctors agree

In brief: Diarrhea

Most causes of diarrhea are self limiting, including etec (traveler's diarrhea.
) be sure to drink plenty of fluids that contain glucose and electrolytes (such as gatorade.) if the diarrhea lasts longer than a week, changes, or other symptoms become unbearable consult your physician.

In brief: Diarrhea

Most causes of diarrhea are self limiting, including etec (traveler's diarrhea.
) be sure to drink plenty of fluids that contain glucose and electrolytes (such as gatorade.) if the diarrhea lasts longer than a week, changes, or other symptoms become unbearable consult your physician.
Garrett Caldwell
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Dr. Allen Seely
General Practice
2 doctors agree

In brief: >1 week

Diarrhea is usually self limiting however there several cases in which a parasite or 'bad bug' (bacteria) may be infecting you.
The best test is a stool sample for culture & parasites ordered by your personal physician.

In brief: >1 week

Diarrhea is usually self limiting however there several cases in which a parasite or 'bad bug' (bacteria) may be infecting you.
The best test is a stool sample for culture & parasites ordered by your personal physician.
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