Diarrhea Treatment Online

Diarrhea is a form of bowel movement that yields watery or loose stools.

Diarrhea

Diarrhea symptoms can vary, but patients typically experience:

  • Abdominal cramps
  • Urgent need to defecate
  • Nausea
  • Bloating
  • And more.

Diagnosing and Treating Diarrhea Online

Diarrhea causes loose and watery stools. Someone with the condition may also experience a more frequent and urgent need to use the restroom. The most common cause of diarrhea is a virus that impacts the gut. Other causes of diarrhea include alcohol abuse, diabetes, certain medications, digestive system diseases, radiation therapy, and running.

There are a few different forms of diarrhea:

  • Acute diarrhea lasts for a few days.
  • Persistent diarrhea lasts between two and four weeks.
  • Chronic diarrhea can last more than four weeks or it may be continual and symptoms will come and go.

It’s recommended that adults see a doctor if diarrhea lasts longer than two days or if diarrhea is accompanied with dehydration, severe abdominal pain, bloody stools, or a fever above 102 degrees.

During a video consult on Amwell your doctor will ask you a series of targeted questions to determine if your symptoms point to diarrhea. Then your provider will proceed to determine the best treatment plan for you. Your provider may recommend in-person examination by a specialist if this is needed. Your treatment plan is based on the duration and severity of your symptoms and your medical history.

Once a diagnosis has been made, your doctor will go over the risks and benefits of the various treatment plans. Treatment for diarrhea is different depending on the severity.

Options for treatment of diarrhea may include:

  • Antibiotics
  • Adjustment of medication
  • Treatment of underlying condition

 

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Got Questions? We’ve Got Answers.

See below for answers to some of our most common questions. You can also call us anytime 24 hours a day at 1‑844‑SEE‑DOCS for questions about our services or to speak to a doctor about your symptoms or conditions.

  • What does it mean if my diarrhea is a different color like green or yellow?

    Bowel movements are typically brown because they contain bile salts -- substances made in your liver to help with digestion. If your stools are a different color, it could be caused by foods you’ve eaten -- either due to their natural color or the use of food colorings. But it could also be related to health concerns. For example: 

    • Green: Can occur with diarrhea or result from taking iron supplements. Can also be a sign that food and waste are passing through your colon too quickly. 
    • Clay or putty-color: May mean your liver isn’t producing enough bile, or the flow of bile out of your liver is blocked.  
    • Black or tarry stools: This could be a sign of bleeding in the upper part of your digestive system; it’s important to contact a health care provider you experience this. 
    • Red: Can be a sign of bleeding in the lower part of your digestive tract. 
  • How do you stop diarrhea?

    As long as you aren’t experiencing chronic diarrhea, the condition should go away after a few days on its own. To treat the condition, you can take nonprescription antidiarrheal medicine, including psyllium, antispasmodic antidiarrheals (Imodium A-D), or probiotics.

  • Are there any home remedies for diarrhea?

     Two home remedies for diarrhea are hydrating regularly, especially sticking to clear liquids, and eating a bland diet (avoiding spicy food, fruits, alcohol, and caffeine).

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