10 reasons to see a doctor when suffering from diarrhea!

Most humans will suffer at least one bout of diarrhea in their lifetime. This usually means that the body is trying to rid off an offending insult and people should ideally just drink a lot of water and other non-carbonated fluids. Most assaults will result in 1-3 bouts of diarrhea for 1-3 days and the body is able to heal itself. So, when then should one consider getting help for their diarrhea?

  1. Associated with vomiting – Vomiting leads to dehydration with loss of electrolytes.thIf you cannot replenish your body’s store of fluids and electrolytes, complications occur. This can be from just feeling weak and dizzy due to a drop in Blood Pressure to a worse outcome which is acute renal failure. Treatment to stop vomiting will be instituted in order to enable the sick person to drink lots of fluids to replace losses.
  2. Associated with fever – Fever is a constitutional symptom for help. It indicates that your body is trying to fight off a bug whose effects are now being felt in the whole body instead of being localized to the primary site of the problem. It is important to note that fever and diarrhea in children can be anything from teething, Urinary Tract Infection to food poisoning.
  3. Severe abdominal cramps – If diarrhea is accompanied by severe abdominal pains images (3)that affect your daily life, get some help. Infections and irritants in the intestines cause the muscles of the intestine to go into spasms. This is the reason pain is usually there then disappears. It is also the reason you feel worse when you eat something and feel better when you go to the toilet. Anti-spasmodic drugs are available to stop the abdominal cramps.
  4. Associated with blood in stool – Blood in diarrhea can point at a wide range of problems. These may include infections like typhoid or amoeba. It may also from non-infectious conditions like hemorrhoids, fissures or Colon cancer. A good evaluation of all patients with bloody diarrhea should be considered depending on patients characteristics like age and risk factors.
  5. Persists for more than three days – As said earlier, diarrhea tend to be self-limiting in a few days. Thus anyone who is still having diarrhea after that will require help because of risk of dehydration and electrolyte imbalance. It is also important to be evaluated for the cause of diarrhea in order for the correct management to be instituted.
  6. Profuse watery diarrhea – If you can describe your diarrhea as like pouring water out of a pipe, Cholera must be considered. It causes very watery diarrhea with the water the color of rice water (the color you get when you wash rice in water). Diarrhea tends to be very frequent and risk of death due to dehydration and electrolyte imbalance is very real.
  7. Recurring diarrhea – If diarrhea is cyclic, in that you have diarrhea then are well then a few days and later it recurs then you are well again, get help. This could point to different things like Colon cancer, amoeba, food intolerance and Irritable Bowel Disease. It could also be as a result of the use of drugs to stop diarrhea. A person will stop having diarrhea but the organism causing the diarrhea may just have been contained temporarily and then begins its assault on your intestines again. It may also suggest overgrowth of the normal bacteria of the colon due to abuse of antibiotics. One of the problems with self medication or overuse of antibiotics, to treat any condition, is to alter the normal balance of organisms in your intestines leading to pseudo-membranous colitis presenting with non-infective diarrhea.
  8. Alternating with constipation – If you suffer diarrhea then a while later constipation and then the same recurs, get some expert help. Things we will be considering include colon cancer, polyps, Irritable Bowel Disease and food intolerance amongst others. Avoid repeated treatment for the same without a thorough investigation for the possible cause of the condition.
  9. Severe and follows administration of drugs – Many drugs cause a bit of softening Blog-anemiaof stool or even frank diarrhea as a known side effect that is self limiting in a short period of time or reverts to normal after completion of therapy. These may include antibiotics, anti-retroviral drugs and many others. But, if the diarrheal movements are frequent (five times a day or more) and/or severe (you eat something and it’s like you pass out everything), get your health care provider to review your medications. It is at times essential to withdraw the drugs all together and offer a substitute.
  10. Diarrhea in neonates – Any child 1 month of age and below is called a neonate. Any neonate with diarrhea should be evaluated by a health care provider. It may be a bit difficult to differentiate breast milk stool from diarrhea but watch out for mucus, any blood or fecal material that completely disappears into the diaper immediately after passage of stool. Neonates are a very delicate group of children if having any medical conditions and hence should be examined thoroughly and early.
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