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Diarrhea can be defined as loose, watery bowel movements and usually happen more often than normal bowel movements. Having loose stools three times a day or more is considered diarrhea.
Usually, diarrhea only lasts for a short period of time, but chronic or persistent diarrhea can point to a much more serious complication.
Diarrhea is a generally common condition. Most of us have experienced watery and loose stools after eating some bad food, during stressful times in our lives, or after starting a new medication. It can sometimes indicate that something more serious is going on in your body. Here is a list of possible habits or conditions that can cause diarrhea:
The most important thing to do is to drink plenty of fluids to replace the fluids being lost during watery bowel movements. You can also include bananas, rice, applesauce, and toast into your diet. If you believe you have a virus or bacteria, antibiotics or antivirals might be prescribed. You can also use over the counter medications with your physician’s oversight.
There are several conditions, diseases, and cancers that manifest themselves through diarrhea. Some of these conditions include:
Diarrhea is manifested in several GI issues. That is why it is important to not self diagnose and seek a doctor if severe diarrhea develops. Read some of our suggestions below on when you should visit a doctor.
When your diarrhea becomes severe contact a TDDC gastroenterologist as soon as possible. Some signs of severe diarrhea include:
If any of these issues manifest themselves, it is important to contact a gastroenterologist, but it is better to be safe than sorry; if you feel that you should visit a gastroenterologist because of diarrhea do not hesitate to do so.
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