Diarrhea at the end of a cold

If you are experiencing diarrhea at the end of a cold, it is important to know how to handle it. It is common to experience this symptom during a cold. The symptoms of diarrhea at the end of a cold include:

Some people also notice that their bowel movements are looser or less frequent than usual.

If your bowel movements are looser at the end of a cold, it is important to drink plenty of fluids and treat yourself with the appropriate amount of hydration.

Although the symptoms of diarrhea at the end of a cold are not a medical emergency, they can be uncomfortable. If you are experiencing any of the following symptoms, contact your doctor:

  • Blood in your stools
  • Fever
  • Persistent nausea or vomiting
  • Severe abdominal pain
  • Rectal bleeding

Infections

A sore throat that is accompanied by a fever is likely to be caused by an infection. A sore throat with a fever can be due to a bacterial infection, such as strep throat.

If you are experiencing any of the following symptoms, contact your doctor:

  • Coughing up blood
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Difficulty swallowing
  • High fever
  • Red streaking from the mouth

Dizziness

A person with a dizzy spell may have a condition like low blood pressure, which may lead to lightheadedness. It is important to seek medical attention if you feel dizzy.

If you feel dizzy and are experiencing any of the following symptoms, contact your doctor:

  • Feeling very weak or tired
  • Feeling like your head is spinning
  • Feeling like you are going to faint or pass out
  • Feeling dizzy or lightheaded when you stand up
  • Feeling like you are in a boat and are about to go under

A headache

A headache can be a symptom of an infection or other illness. A headache that occurs with a fever is usually a symptom of an infection.

If you are experiencing a headache that is accompanied by a fever, contact your doctor.

Fever without headache

A person who only experiences a fever without a headache is experiencing a temperature without a headache. In some cases, they may experience a headache and may also be confused or nauseous.

If you are feeling confused, nauseous, or have a headache without any other symptoms, contact your doctor.

Feeling nauseated

If you feel nauseated after a bout of diarrhea, you may have a different reason than if you have a fever or a headache.

If you feel nauseated, you should try to drink more fluids. If you still feel nauseated after drinking more fluids, you should contact your doctor.

If you have a headache and can’t drink liquids, you may feel like you want to vomit. You should contact your doctor.

Diarrhea due to an infection

If you have diarrhea due to an infection, you may experience other symptoms as well. For example, you may have:

If your doctor suspects an infection, they may send you to a doctor specializing in infectious diseases.

Mental health conditions

Diarrhea can sometimes be a symptom of depression or other mental health conditions.

If you have any of the following symptoms, contact your doctor:

  • Feeling very sad or hopeless
  • Feeling very restless or irritable
  • Having thoughts that are very intense or violent
  • Feeling like you are not interested in doing anything
  • Thinking of ways to harm yourself
  • Thinking about hurting yourself
  • Feeling extremely tired or weak

Mental health conditions can be hard to diagnose. You should always see a doctor if you have any symptoms of a mental health condition.

How is diarrhea at the end of a cold treated?

Treatment for diarrhea at the end of a cold is relatively simple. If you have a fever, the symptoms will usually go away within a day or so. If you don’t have a fever, the symptoms can last for up to 14 days.

If the diarrhea is due to a bacterial infection, the infection will usually clear up after a few days of treatment.

If you have diarrhea that is due to an illness or irritation, such as a food allergy, it will usually go away within a few days.

If there is a strong possibility that you have a secondary infection (for example, from a staph infection), your doctor may prescribe prescription medications.

If your diarrhea is due to a food allergy, you may need to avoid that food for several days. You can usually treat a food allergy with an over-the-counter medication.

If your diarrhea is due to a food intolerance, an elimination diet may be necessary. You can usually eliminate the foods that cause your diarrhea.

If you cannot eliminate a food from your diet, you may need to avoid that food for several days. You should contact your doctor if this is the case.

What is the long-term outlook for diarrhea at the end of a cold?

If you experience diarrhea at the end of a cold, you should aim to get plenty of fluids and rest.

Diarrhea that is caused by an infection or a food allergy may get better when the infection is treated. It is important to follow up with your doctor if your diarrhea is severe.

If you experience any of the following symptoms, contact your doctor:

  • With a fever
  • With a headache
  • With any symptoms of a mental health condition
  • With any symptoms that are severe or persistent

The outlook for diarrhea at the end of a cold is good. It usually clears up within a few days.

If you experience any of the symptoms of a mental health condition, contact your doctor.

The outlook for diarrhea from a food allergy is more complicated. You may need to avoid a certain food for several days. Or, you may need to eliminate that food completely from your diet for several days. This can be very difficult.

How can I prevent diarrhea during a cold?

To help prevent diarrhea during a cold, it is important to drink plenty of fluids and to rest.

You can also try to avoid or limit foods that are known to cause diarrhea.

You should also try to avoid dehydration and take any necessary medications as directed. This will help keep your body hydrated.

Outlook

Many people have diarrhea at the end of a cold. If your diarrhea is due to a viral infection, it will usually resolve within a few days. If the diarrhea is due to an illness or other irritation, it may last for several days.

Diarrhea at the end of a cold can lead to dehydration. If you experience any of the following symptoms, contact your doctor:

  • Feeling very tired or weak
  • Feeling very thirsty
  • Having a nausea that can’t be treated with water

Seek care right away if you experience any of these symptoms.

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