DIARRHEA - Watsons Health

DIARRHEA

Loose and watery stools typically lasting 2-3 days.

Irritable bowel syndrome- condition in which diarrhea happens more than once or twice a year.

  • Need to have bowel movement
  • Thin or loose stools
  • Watery stool
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Bloating
  • Cramps
  • Blood, mucus, or undigested food in the stool
  • Weight loss
  • Fever

Rehydrate or drink enough fluids to prevent dehydration caused by watery diarrhea.

DIAGNOSIS

Inform your doctor of your recent travel, family member who recently got ill, presence of blood or mucus, watery, abdominal pain, pain in your rectum, appearance of the stool, whether or not it occurs after eating a particular food.

Stool exam, sigmoidoscopy, colonoscopy, or other tests may be requested to determine the diagnosis.

 

RECOMMENDED MEDICATIONS

Avoid dehydration by drinking fluids which contain electrolytes such as sports drinks, prepared rehydration solutions, chicken or beef broth, soft drinks, or bottled and flavored mineral water.

Take sips of fluid every 15 minutes if you are vomiting.

Return to normal diet after 24 hours.

Seek your physician before taking any drugs such as antibiotics for your diarrhea

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