Diarrhea, When To call The Doctor & How To Stay Healthy
Most of us get diarrhea every once in a while and sometimes it only lasts a few days if this is the case it is called acute diarrhea. When it makes a more regular appearance for more than 14days is considered Chronic diarrhea.
Usually, diarrhea happens because of a virus that gets into your gut. Some people call it “intestinal flu” or “stomach flu.”
Other causes include:
- Laxative abuse
- Laxative abuse
- Infection by bacteria
- Some cancers
- Radiation Therapy
- Trouble absorbing certain nutrients, also called “malabsorption”
Symptoms of Diarrhea
- An urgent feeling that you need to have a bowel movement
- Nausea and throwing up
- Watery stools
- Bloating in your stomach
- Weight loss
- Blood or mucus in your stool
If you have watery stools more than three times a day and you’re not drinking enough liquid or water, you could become dehydrated. That can be a serious problem unless treated.
When To Call A Doctor
Yes some people think that acute Diarrhea is a good thing to some extent. reason been that It washes the stomach and keeps it clean. because when you go to the toilet everything within your bowel or stomach is brought out. others don’t think do.
whatever the case is you should know when to call a doctor, there are some symptoms of diarrhea you should not take for granted see them below :
- A fever that is high (above 101 F) or that lasts more than 24 hours
- Throwing up that prevents you from drinking liquids to replace lost fluids
- Severe pain in your belly (especially the right lower quadrant) or rear end
- Diarrhea after coming back from a foreign country
- Blood in your diarrhea or black, tarry stools
- Smaller than usual amounts of urine or, in a child, fewer wet diapers than usual
- Dark Urine
- Rapid Heart rates
One of the ways to handle diarrhea is to make sure you stay hydrated. You should drink at least six 8-ounce glasses of fluids each day.
Avoid caffeine, Instead of drinking liquids with your meals, drink liquids between meals. Sip small amounts of fluids often.
You may have itching, burning, or pain when you go to the bathroom. Your rectal area may become sore because of all the bowel movements that diarrhea brings.
For relief, take a warm bath or sitz bath. Afterward, pat the area dry (don’t rub) with a clean, soft towel. You may also try using a hemorrhoid cream or petroleum jelly on the affected area. If this continues for several days, you should contact your doctor.
We hope that this article helps you. remember to always stay safe.