DIARRHEA

What is diarrhea?

Diarrhea is a digestive issue that causes stool to be loose or watery. Oftentimes, diarrhea also results in more frequent needs to use the restroom and higher volumes of fecal material.

What are the symptoms of diarrhea?

While some people report feelings of sickness, strange abdominal pains, or an urgent need to use the restroom before the onset of diarrhea, the only real confirmation can’t be known until the person has used the toilet.

How to treat diarrhea

Diarrhea is the body’s way of quickly cleaning out the digestive tract as a result of a virus, harmful bacteria (our digestive tract is heavily populated with several bacteria that benefit us), or food poisoning. The most common cause is viral, and with a good home treatment you can expect it to pass within 1-2 days. When the condition persists for longer periods, you need to ensure you are drinking plenty of fluids because diarrhea can in some cases cause severe dehydration and create lasting damage.

Sign up for free to schedule a virtual telemedicine doctor visit with a Board Certified Physician.