When Should You See a Doctor about Diarrhea?

When Should You See a Doctor about Diarrhea?


You’ve got poop questions.
(audience applauding) We’ve got poop answers, yes. The Stool Squad is back to answer your biggest bathroom queries
(audience cheers) from the Wheel of Health. And today’s wheel has ten questions. Ten probing questions, (all laughing) about good ol’ number two and they’ll answer whichever one the wheel lands on. So what do you say we get it on? Let’s spin that wheel! (toilet flushing)
(audience cheering) All right, first question. When should I see a doctor about diarrhea? Who wants the big D? Well it’s either Doctor Guts or Doctor Butts. (all laughing) So I’ll go with Doctor Guts with this one, the diarrhea. All right. Common sense, when should you see a doctor when you have diarrhea? First of all, let’s define diarrhea. So people think if they go a couple of times a day, but it’s formed, that’s diarrhea. That’s not diarrhea. All right, it needs to be liquid-y, you need to go at least more than three times a day. So most diarrheas are self-limiting. So my rule of thumb, no pun intended. Is if you had it for more than three days, then go see your doctor. Only if you’re having symptoms, like if you feel dehydrated and you can’t keep anything down, common sense, go see your doctor. What do you think? I think the same. A lot of us, we get the flu. Food poisoning, it lasts a couple of days. We just don’t feel good, we could get better from it. Make sure we put foods — if you’re having a lot of diarrhea and abdominal symptoms and you can’t keep fluids down or you’re vomiting at the same time, that’s the time to see the doctor or go to an urgent care or ER because you’ll need IV fluids. Cause you need to be hydrated to heal. And if there’s blood in the stool, if you’re having bloody diarrhea, definitely see a doctor. And kids and the elderly, with underlying medical conditions especially important, they can get into volume issues really quick. Pregnancy. Pregnancy, can’t forget pregnancy. Well, you can’t get pregnant from diarrhea. (all laugh) Yeah, but if you’re pregnant and you get diarrhea, let your doctor know so you don’t get dehydrated.

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