Everybody gets diarrhea
Whether it lasts a few hours or a few days, diarrhea is always uncomfortable and always inconvenient. Had plans to go to the beach with friends? Sorry, diarrhea just canceled the fun. Annoying as the condition is, it’s is rarely serious. “Most diarrhea is caused by a virus; the most common are rotavirus and norovirus,” says Christopher Drumm, MD, a family medicine practitioner at Einstein Healthcare Network in Philadelphia. We can be exposed to those viruses just about anywhere from public restrooms to our child’s classroom.
When to see a doctor
When diarrhea hits, the first goal is to replace the fluids your body is losing. If you feel that you’re not able to stay hydrated, it may be time to see your doctor. “A person with diarrhea should seek medical attention when they experience fever, severe abdominal pain, and/or bloody stools,” recommends Amesh A. Adalja, MD, FACEP from the Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security. It’s also important to see your doctor right away if you have recently traveled outside the country or are unable to keep fluids down. Also if you have any kind of chronic disease that affects your immune system, get checked out right away. If you don’t have a primary doctor, don’t miss these 12 insider tips for choosing the right primary care doctor. To help manage your problem, check out our top home remedies for diarrhea.