When it comes to passing stool, every person is a little different as your diet, water consumption, and physical activity levels have a significant impact on your feces. However, when you have diarrhea — loose, watery stools — you may have a more serious health condition that requires medical attention. The team at My Emergency Room 24/7 in Abilene, Texas, can diagnose the cause of your diarrhea and offer treatment to heal your body and restore your health. Call or come into the practice today.
According to the children’s book, everybody poops and everyone has a different experience of what a healthy stool is because many lifestyle factors affect your digestion and bowel movements. For example, if you have a high-fiber diet, you may frequently have soft, loose stools.
Diarrhea is when your stools are abnormally loose and watery. Diarrhea is also usually more urgent and frequent than your normal bowel movements. Abdominal cramping, bloating, and nausea often occur with diarrhea.
If you have diarrhea, make sure to drink plenty of water, avoid caffeine, dairy, and other foods that can make your symptoms worse.
If you have diarrhea, it could be a temporary physical response to something you ate, lactose intolerance, or a minor virus or bacteria. It could also be a sign of a more serious condition.
Infections like E. coli, salmonella, norovirus, and rotavirus can all cause chronic diarrhea. Other conditions may also be the cause of your diarrhea, such as:
You should see a provider at My Emergency Room 24/7 about diarrhea if you continue to have loose and watery stools for two days with no improvement in your symptoms. You should also seek medical attention if your diarrhea causes you to become dehydrated. Additional symptoms such as severe pain in your abdomen or rectum, black or bloody stools, and a fever also indicate you need medical attention.
Treatment for diarrhea depends on the condition causing it. When you come to My Emergency Room 24/7 because of diarrhea, your practitioner will provide treatments to ensure you’re sufficiently hydrated and to stop your diarrhea while running tests and examining you to identify the cause of your diarrhea.
Your practitioner will ask questions about your symptoms. Don’t be embarrassed to talk about your bowel movements. Your provider needs to know what is normal for you as well as a description of the symptoms and issues that brought you to My Emergency Room 24/7 for help. You may need to supply a stool sample and have blood drawn for testing.
Call or come into My Emergency Room 24/7 for compassionate care and accurate diagnosis of the condition causing your diarrhea.