Diarrhea Is No Picnic: Ease Your Symptoms and Your Mind

Diarrhea is a type of stomach ailment that causes digestive discomfort and distress. Common symptoms include increased urgency and frequency of bowel movements, very loose excrement, cramps and stomach pains, nausea, bloating, and vomiting.

As long as the diarrhea is not severe and doesn’t last more than a few days, you probably have nothing to worry about. However, in some cases, a simple case of diarrhea may be a warning for something more serious. If you experience the symptoms listed below, get medical help right away. However, you may decide to see a medical professional even if you experience only common symptoms.

DiarrheaWhen to Worry About Diarrhea

For many people, the pain, discomfort, and often embarrassment of having diarrhea seem to be just a part of life. While this may be true for mild cases, there are several circumstances where a case of diarrhea should be taken very seriously.

If you or someone you care for fits with any of the symptoms or circumstances listed below, it’s a good idea to get help from a medical professional as soon as you can:

  • The diarrhea has lasted for longer than two days with an adult or one day with a child.
  • You experience intense pain in your stomach or rectum.
  • Your excrement is black in color or contains blood.
  • You have a fever with diarrhea.
  • You become dehydrated.

Each of these more serious symptoms may indicate an underlying condition that’s causing your diarrhea. These conditions include pancreatitis, irritable bowel syndrome, or an infection. They may also be a warning sign of colon cancer.

Even if you or someone you care for does not seem to be in danger with a case of diarrhea, that doesn’t mean consulting with a medical professional wouldn’t be helpful. The symptoms of diarrhea are very unpleasant, and a medical professional can help determine the underlying cause, provide guidance for easing discomfort, and prescribe medication when appropriate.

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