Diarrhea Specialist

AccuHealth Urgent Care

Urgent Care located in Saint Louis, MO

Diarrhea is something that everyone has to deal with at some point during their lives, but there are times when it can become quite serious. In some cases, diarrhea is a sign of a serious underlying condition that requires prompt treatment. If you or your child are experiencing prolonged diarrhea, see the urgent care physicians at AccuHealth Urgent Care in St. Louis, Missouri for fast help. You can also call for an appointment or book online.

Diarrhea Q & A

What are the signs of diarrhea?

The most obvious indicator of diarrhea is bowel movements that are extremely soft or even fully liquid. Additionally, diarrhea may include:

  • Stomach cramps: diarrhea often causes serious stomach cramps
  • Weakness: general body weakness may develop, especially after repeatedly emptying the bowels
  • Bloating: diarrhea may cause a bloated abdomen
  • Bloody stools: stools may show traces of blood, especially after emptying the bowels multiple times
  • Fever
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting

Why does diarrhea happen?

Diarrhea usually happens because of a virus in the body. The virus may also cause other symptoms such as flu symptoms. However, it can also be caused by:

  • Bacterial infection
  • Some types of medications, including antibiotics, antidepressants, or proton pump inhibitor medications
  • Allergic reactions, especially food allergies
  • Drinking large amounts of alcohol
  • Irritable bowel syndrome

When is diarrhea serious enough to seek help?

Most patients have diarrhea at some point during their lives, but it can be challenging to know when it's gone beyond an ordinary bout of diarrhea. In general, diarrhea that's mild and lasts for only a day or two will usually resolve with the use of anti-diarrheal medicine at home. However, it's always best to call AccuHealth Urgent Care to make sure that you don't require medical treatment.

When the diarrhea is moderate to severe or is frequent (more than a few times a day) it's time to seek medical help right away. If severe diarrhea isn't treated promptly, you run the risk of dehydration and even more severe medical consequences.

If you've recently traveled outside of the United States, all cases of diarrhea must be taken seriously. Diarrhea may indicate that you were exposed to an illness that requires immediate treatment.

How is diarrhea treated?

The AccuHealth Urgent Care team is ready to treat even the more serious cases of diarrhea immediately on-site. The exact treatment approach varies based on the exact symptoms you're experiencing. An electrolyte test can determine whether you're dehydrated because of fluid loss. There are a number of medications that can help relieve symptoms and help you feel like yourself again. Medications can relieve cramping, bloating, and other symptoms and can put a stop to the frequent bouts in the bathroom.