While you may feel embarrassed talking about your issues with diarrhea, the doctors at Uptown Emergency Room offer discreet, professional diagnosis and treatment services to help you feel better. Diarrhea is a common issue most people have at one time or another. In some cases, chronic diarrhea can indicate something more serious is going on with your health. Visit Uptown Emergency Room on a walk-in basis or call the office to learn more about available treatment options.
Diarrhea is a condition that causes loose, runny stools during bowel movements three or more times in one 24-hour period.
Acute diarrhea typically lasts one to two days and resolves without further treatment. It’s a common condition that affects most people at some point in their lives.
In some cases, diarrhea can be a chronic condition, lasting for several weeks or longer. Chronic diarrhea can be a sign that something more serious is wrong.
Common causes of diarrhea include:
Chronic diseases — like Crohn’s disease and other conditions that affect your small intestine, colon, or stomach — may also cause bouts of diarrhea.
While acute cases of diarrhea often resolve on their own without treatment, you should seek emergency medical attention if you develop other medical issues, such as:
If your child has diarrhea for more than 24 hours, take him or her to Uptown Emergency Room for immediate evaluation. Children are more susceptible to dehydration when experiencing multiple episodes of diarrhea in a short period of time.
Your Uptown Emergency Room doctor performs a physical exam and discusses your diet and recent activities to determine a possible cause of diarrhea. You may also need to undergo blood work or a stool test to check for signs of bacteria, infection, or parasites.
Your doctor may recommend a prescription or over-the-counter anti-diarrheal medications. You should also be sure to drink plenty of fluids to prevent dehydration and eat a bland diet for several days to help settle your stomach. If your doctor determines you’re already dehydrated, you may need to have IV fluid treatment before going home to rest.
If your diarrhea is a symptom of a more serious condition, such as a chronic disease like Crohn’s, your doctor may refer you to a specialist for additional treatment.
When diarrhea lasts for several days, don’t delay treatment. Visit Uptown Emergency Room as a walk-in or call the office for more information.