Diarrhea is loose, watery stools; an individual with diarrhea characteristically passes stool more than three times a day or having more stools than is typical for that particular person.
People with green diarrhea may pass more than a quart of stool a day. Episodes may be acute and short-lived, intermittent or recurrent, or, in a number of instances, chronic and also severe.
Acute diarrhea is a common condition that normally lasts 1 or 2 days and will go away on its own without having special treatment.
Prolonged diarrhea persisting for more than two days could possibly be an indication of a more significant problem and presents the danger of dehydration. Chronic diarrhea may be an attribute of a chronic disease.
Diarrhea can result in dehydration, which means the body does not have enough fluid to function appropriately. Dehydration is in particular dangerous in young children and older people, and it must be cared for quickly to prevent serious health issues.
Individuals of all age groups can get diarrhea and the typical adult has a bout of acute diarrhea about 4 instances a yr. In the United States, each child will have had 7 to 15 episodes of diarrhea by the age 5.
In the event that green diarrhea is persistent, it can result in inadequate nutrition, dehydration, and weight-loss. In kids, in particular younger children, diarrhea can rapidly lead to dehydration.
Signs And Symptoms Associated With Diarrhea May Include Things Like:
- Recurrent, loose, watery stools
- Abdominal cramping pains
- Abdominal ache
- A fever
- Blood in the stool
- Crampy discomfort in the abdomen, the area between the chest and the hips
- Inflammation in the abdomen
- A unpleasant feeling around the anus
- A immediate need to have a bowel movement
- A inability to manage their bowels (fecal incontinence)
Additionally, other signs and symptoms such as nausea and/or vomiting may precede diarrhea that is brought on by, for instance, an infection. Bacterial or parasitic infections at times result in bloody stools, and a fever may accompany these types of infections as well.
If You Are An Adult, See Your Physician If:
- Your diarrhea persists beyond three days
- You become dehydrated, as evidenced by extreme thirst, dry mouth or skin, little or no urination, severe weakness, dizziness or lightheadedness, or dark-colored urine
- You have severe abdominal or rectal pain
- You have bloody or black colored stools
- You have a high temperature of more than 102 F (39 C), or signs of dehydration despite drinking plenty of liquids
Contact Your Physician If Your Child’s Diarrhea Does Not Get Better Within 24 Hours Or If You’re Baby:
- Has not had a wet diaper in 3 or more hours
- Has a fever of more than 102 F (39 C)
- Has bloody or black colored stools
- Has a dry mouth or cries with no tears
- Is abnormally sleepy, drowsy, unresponsive or moody
- Has a gaunt look to the abdomen, eyes or cheeks
- Has skin that doesn’t flatten if pinched and released