Diarrhea & How To Manage It
Diarrhea (sometimes referred to as "multiple poop syndrome or MPS) is most often defined as 2 or more loose stools in a 4-hour time period.
It is important to treat diarrhea as soon as it starts. Continuing diarrhea can lead to dehydration which not only feels lousy, it can lead to complications such as kidney failure.
There are over-the-counter remedies that help control diarrhea, as well as more powerful prescription drugs. Do not take an over-the-counter remedy without checking with your doctor first -- particularly if your diarrhea is caused by a treatment.
If you have diarrhea that lasts for more than 24 hours, or if you have pain and cramping along with it, call your doctor or other health care provider.
If your diarrhea doesn't get better, you may need to see a doctor to get IV fluids to replace lost water and nutrients.
For additional information, see:
- What Diarrhea Is
- Causes of Diarrhea
- Over The Counter And Prescription Medications To Treat Diarrhea
- What You Can Do To Help Manage Diarrhea In Addition To Medications
- What Food And Liquid To Avoid When You Have Diarrhea
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