When Does Diarrhea Warrant a Trip to Urgent Care?

Diarrhea, which evidences itself when stool comes out watery, is something everyone gets occasionally. Usually, it’s nothing to worry about, as many things can have a mild diuretic effect. Caffeine, lactose, sugar, and medicine can all be blamed for bouts of watery stool. Add in getting a virus, and you’re bound to get diarrhea here and there.

While occasional bouts of diarrhea can be treated with hydration and anti-diarrheal medicine, you shouldn’t ignore diarrhea that goes on day after day. Chronic diarrhea can be a major sign that something is wrong.

At AccuHealth Urgent Care, we know how to treat diarrhea and its underlying causes. We have the tools to treat even severe cases of diarrhea, and we’ll work with you to create a treatment plan that will have you back to normal in no time.

Signs of diarrhea

While loose bowel movements are a big sign of diarrhea, it’s often accompanied by a host of other factors. In addition to soft or liquid stool, you may experience some of the following symptoms:

If you experience any of these symptoms in tandem with multi-day diarrhea, you should head to urgent care.  

Dehydration is especially dangerous when experiencing these symptoms, so make sure you drink plenty of water, even if it feels like it’s going straight through you. And if you’ve recently traveled out of the country and are experiencing these symptoms, you should go to urgent care right away to see if you have contracted something.

Causes of diarrhea

Loose stools can often be blamed on benign factors, such as an extra-large coffee, a night of heavy drinking, or too much dairy intake. The most common cause of serious diarrhea is a virus. Viruses are usually grouped into two categories: stomach bugs and food poisoning. Stomach bugs typically last 2-5 days, while food poisoning usually ends within 48 hours. Other potential culprits include:

Don’t suffer through diarrhea alone. Come in to AccuHealth Urgent Care so we can help you get back to normal. Book an appointment online or over the phone today.

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