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About diarrhea and symptoms.
Everyone has diarrhea occasionally — loose, watery and more frequent bowel movements.
In most cases, diarrhea lasts several days. But if diarrhea lasts for weeks, it can indicate a serious disorder, such as a chronic infection, inflammatory bowel disease, or irritable bowel syndrome.
Usually diarrhea does not require laboratory testing or in person physical examination. In children, diarrhea can more easily lead to dehydration. Speak to a doctor if your child’s diarrhea doesn’t improve within 24 hours.
Common symptoms of benign diarrhea include:
- Urgent need to have a bowel movement
- Loose, watery stools
- Abdominal cramps
- Abdominal pain
- Dr. Brett Belchetz, ER Physician, Toronto
When you need to speak to a doctor for your diarrhea.
You should speak to a doctor if you experience any of the following conditions:
- Bloody or black stools
- Fever above 38 degrees Celsius
- Severe abdominal or rectal pain
- Your symptoms last more than two days
- Your diarrhea is accompanied by vomiting
- You feel like you are becoming dehydrated
- You have recently travelled outside of Canada
Treatments you may receive from a Maple doctor include:
- Imodium (loperamide) – slows down intestinal motility and can quickly resolve cases of benign diarrhea.
- Anti-vomiting medications such as Zofran (Ondansetron) – these highly effective medications dissolve under your tongue and can provide full relief in as little as 30 minutes.
- Antibiotics (Ciprofloxacin) – if your diarrhea is consistent with an acute infection, your doctor may recommend rapid treatment with antibiotics and close follow up in a in-person setting.
- Dr. Peter Iracleous, ER Physician, Toronto