Diarrhea is defined as loose, watery, stool that occurs with unusual frequency. Most people will experience occasional diarrhea and find it resolves itself without intervention. Diarrhea in children can turn into a dehydration issue more rapidly than in adults. If your child is experiencing diarrhea for at least 24 hours, please consult your pediatrician.
In adults, diarrhea can occur as a result of illness or eating contaminated food. If experiencing temporary symptoms, make sure to drink plenty of fluids to avoid dehydration. Consult your doctor if your diarrhea symptoms last more than a few consecutive days.
Chronic diarrhea could be a symptom of a gastrointestinal condition that should be properly diagnosed and managed. If you suffer from chronic diarrhea, it is time to make an appointment with one of GI Associates specialists. It is important to be seen by a gastroenterologist because there are many conditions that list diarrhea as one of its symptoms. From the fairly benign lactose intolerance to the more serious Crohn’s Disease, diarrhea could be a signal that something is wrong in your gut. A proper diagnosis and the resulting course of treatment can help you avoid this potentially debilitating issue.