No, diarrhea will not go away if you don’t eat. Diarrhea can last anywhere from 24 hours to 1 week and up to 2 weeks if you are not treated. You may have more than one episode of diarrhea in a day.
Also, you should not take extra fluids while you are having diarrhea. This could make your diarrhea last longer. Diarrhea will often go away in a day or 2, but if it is not going away by then, you should call your doctor to make an appointment.
Should I drink more water?
Drink a lot of water (2 liters or more per day) when you have diarrhea. This will help flush the stool out of your system. You should also drink extra water if you have any kind of diarrhea that lasts for more than 1 day.
What should I drink?
Drink plenty of fluids to help relieve dehydration and keep your body hydrated. If you think you should see a doctor, you should drink extra water to help keep your body hydrated.
Drink water first thing in the morning (before you drink anything else) to help keep your body hydrated. If you drink water first thing in the morning and then drink some other thing (like coffee) it could make you dehydrated again.
Drink hot tea, coffee, or a cup of broth or soup. These can help you feel better.
What if there is blood in my stool?
Do not panic if you see blood in your stool. This is normal. If you see blood for more than 2 days, you should call your doctor.
What if the stool is black?
Black stool is normal if it is from something you ate. It is also normal for stool to be black and look like coffee grounds.
What if the stool is green or tan?
Green stool is normally from an infection, so you should see your doctor. If it is from an illness, it is normal for it to look green or brown and have a thick, watery texture.
What if it is watery?
Watery stool is normal. If the stool is not watery, you should see your doctor.
What if it is black and looks like coffee grounds?
This is most likely from a large blockage from something in your colon. You should see your doctor right away. You should also see your doctor if the stool is black and looks like coffee grounds and is accompanied by blood.
What if the stool is white?
This is usually from something you ate. It is also normal for the stool to be white and look like what it is made of. You should see your doctor right away.
What if it is clear?
This is usually from something you ate. It is also normal for the stool to be clear and look like what it is made of. You should see your doctor right away.
What if the stool is gray?
This is usually from an infection, so you should see your doctor. If it is from an illness, it is normal for the stool to be gray, brown or green and have a thick, watery texture.
What if the stool is brown or black?
This is most likely from an infection, so you should see your doctor. If it is from an illness, it is normal for the stool to be brown, black or green and have a thick, watery texture.
What if the stool is bloody?
This is usually not from an illness. If it is from an illness, you should see your doctor. You should also see your doctor if the stool is bloody and looks like what it is made of.
What if the stool is like coffee grounds?
This is most likely from a large blockage from something in your colon. You should see your doctor right away. You should also see your doctor if the stool is like coffee grounds and is accompanied by blood.
How is diarrhea diagnosed?
To diagnose diarrhea, your doctor will ask about your symptoms and do a physical exam. It will also be important to tell them if you have had any recent illnesses.
The physical exam may include:
- A rectal exam to check for abnormalities in your colon
- A stool test that can detect bacteria and other things in your stool
Your doctor will probably want to do a stool culture. In this test, they collect a small sample of your stool, look at it under a microscope, and check for any abnormalities.
If your doctor suspects that you have a bacterial infection, they can take a sample of your stool and do a blood culture. This involves taking a small sample of blood and looking at it under a microscope for any signs of infection.
Your doctor will also want to know about any medications you have been taking recently.
How is diarrhea treated?
Treatment will depend on the cause of the diarrhea. Treatment will also depend on how severe your symptoms are. If you are in good health, your doctor will want to treat you as quickly as possible.
When to call the doctor?
- You are in severe pain
- You are vomiting
- You have blood in your stool
- You have blood in your vomit
- You still have diarrhea after 3 days
How can I prevent diarrhea?
There are a number of things you can do to help prevent diarrhea. It is important to keep your bowels moving regularly. You should also drink plenty of fluids and avoid foods that are hard to digest.
You may also want to try the following:
- If diarrhea is accompanied by vomiting or fever, do not eat or drink anything for at least 2 hours.
- Drink plenty of fluids.
- Try to keep your diet clean.
- Make sure you get enough sleep.
You should also talk with your doctor if you are having trouble keeping your bowels moving or if you are having any other symptoms.
What is the long-term outlook?
The outlook for diarrhea depends on the cause and how severe it is. In some cases, it can be treated. In many cases, it is not. If you are in good health, you should be able to get back to normal without any problems.
What are possible complications?
In some cases, diarrhea can be a life-threatening condition. It can also cause complications. These include:
- Stomach infections. These can be severe and even life-threatening.
- Hemorrhoids. These are swelling or bulges in the anus and rectum.
- Diarrhea with blood in the stool. This is life-threatening.
- Stomach bleeding.
- Stomach ulcers. These are sores on the lining of the stomach.
- Intestinal obstruction. This is when a blockage in the intestines prevents the stool from being passed.
- Dehydration. This is when you have too little fluid in your body.
- Kidney failure. This is when your kidneys do not make enough of the hormone erythropoietin. This causes anemia.
- Delayed growth in children. This is when the body does not grow as fast as normal.
- Nausea and vomiting.
- Hives. These are red, raised welts that appear on your skin. They are most common in children.
- Kidney stones. These are hard lumps that form in the kidneys.
It is important to reduce the risk of getting diarrhea. This is because it is common and there are many things that can cause it. If you do not prevent diarrhea, it can become life-threatening.
The following can help prevent diarrhea:
- Drink plenty of fluids
- Have a well-balanced diet
- Keep your bowels moving regularly
- Keep your diet clean
When you have diarrhea, try to eat small meals. Make sure you drink fluids until you feel better. You should also drink plenty of fluids when you are ill.
You should also take these steps to help prevent future diarrhea:
- If you are in good health, get a good night’s sleep.
- Follow all the instructions on the label of any medicines you take.
- Get regular physical activity.
- Avoid alcohol and tobacco.
- Practice good hygiene.
- Don’t put extra strain on your bowels.
- Don’t use douches, laxatives, or enemas.
- Keep your air-conditioning or heating unit at a constant temperature.
- Don’t take aspirin, aspirin-containing products, or blood thinners.
- Talk to your doctor about any vitamins or supplements you take.
- Avoid heavy lifting or straining.
The bottom line
Diarrhea is a common problem that can have a number of causes. It is usually a sign that something is wrong in your digestive system.
If you have a bowel movement that is watery or looks like coffee grounds, you should see your doctor. This is especially true if it is accompanied by other symptoms such as:
In some cases, diarrhea may be the sign of a more serious problem. If your diarrhea is accompanied by any of these symptoms, you should see your doctor as soon as possible.
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