Diarrhea occurs when a person has loose, watery stools that occur frequently and cause is because of a bacterial or viral infection which lasts for a few days.
Diarrhea can happen at any time, and it's essential to understand its symptoms and how to manage it.
GuruMD offers online advice for diarrhea, allowing you to speak with a board-certified professional and get treatment from your home's comfort. Find out about this condition by reading here.
What is Diarrhea?
Diarrhea is a pathological condition where feces frequently discharge from the bowls in a liquid form.
The causes are variable, such as food poisoning, stomach virus, lactose intolerance, allergies to food, intestinal infections are just a few examples.
The mechanism of action for diarrhea ranges from four different alterations in fluid and electrolyte movement. These include: increased luminal osmolality, increased intestinal secretion, decreased fluid absorption, and altered intestinal motility.
Treatment focuses on alleviating any discomfort and finding the underlying cause to treat it.
Symptoms of Diarrhea
The most common symptoms of diarrhea are:
- The urgency for a bowel movement
- Loose, watery stools
- Abdominal cramps
- Abdominal pain
How Does GuruMD Treat Diarrhea?
At GuruMD, we offer urgent care for patients with diarrhea. If you are experiencing any of the above symptoms of diarrhea, all you have to do is create an account to get in touch with a medical provider. Register online and then visit a doctor from your app.
Our board-certified professionals will diagnose diarrhea by asking questions about your recent health history and current symptoms. Usually, an office visit is not needed, so going online to see a doctor is convenient and useful.
The doctor may send you to a lab to take samples of the fecal matter for culture. The culture is needed only in severe cases, and it helps the healthcare provider identify potential bacterial infection or disease.
The main goal of diarrhea treatment is symptom relief. The physician may recommend using over the counter Pepto Bismol for immediate symptom relief.
If a particular food or drink caused diarrhea, it would be advisable to stop eating or drinking it. The doctor may recommend that you throw out the food or beverages to prevent reinfection.
In some cases, a doctor could prescribe antibiotics if the cause is bacterial. But if the reason is viral, then antibiotics won't help. Antibiotics might make viral infections worse. When it comes to viral infections, the primary treatment is symptomatic relief. The infectious agent usually goes away in a few days. If the cause is viral, you will notice that the symptoms gradually get better on its own.
The physician would provide medical advice on how to manage the symptoms of diarrhea once you receive the proper treatment.
To make sure you're on the right track, we offer walk-in appointments for patients with diarrhea. We want to make sure you enjoy a safe recovery process and get all the care you need to overcome your symptoms.
Are you experiencing diarrhea? Register for your GuruMD account now to get the treatment you need.