What is diarrhea?
We all have had the occasional loose stool, and most of the time, it’s not harmful. Often varying in symptoms, severity, volume, frequency, and duration, diarrhea is normal. However, if you experience a sharp pain in your abdomen or rectum, a fever, blood in your stool, severe diarrhea for more than three days, or symptoms of dehydration — diarrhea can become dangerous (especially in children) or signal a more serious medical problem.
What are the symptoms of diarrhea?
Having diarrhea means you’re experiencing loose, watery stools more than three times in one day. You may also have cramps, bloating, nausea, and an urgent need to have a bowel movement.
What causes diarrhea?
Bacteria, viruses, parasites, certain medications, food intolerances, and diseases that affect the stomach, small intestine, or colon are all common culprits of diarrhea in people of all ages. However, it’s not uncommon that diarrhea occurs without a cause.
How does ID Care treat diarrhea?
Most of the time, diarrhea can be treated by just waiting it out — your body will rid itself of toxins or bacteria almost immediately after ingesting something toxic to fight an infection. However, at ID Care, our team of specialists knows that specific causes of diarrhea require particular treatments. After a comprehensive evaluation of your current medical state, and most often a stool sample, our team will pinpoint the cause of your diarrhea and provide a treatment plan that will settle your stomach, beat your infection, and get you back to being healthy.
SOURCE: Mayo Clinic