While diarrhea is a common problem that everyone deals with from time to time, when diarrhea is especially severe or becomes chronic, it can be a sign of something more serious. If you’ve had diarrhea for more than two days or are experiencing other symptoms listed below, the physicians at New York Gastroenterology Associates are currently accepting new patients at the Manhattan offices in Midtown East and the Upper East Side. Call or use online booking to schedule an appointment today.
Diarrhea refers to loose, watery stools and a feeling that you urgently need to use the restroom. This can last for a few days, or become a regular problem if you suffer from certain chronic conditions. Everyone has diarrhea occasionally, but it can be a sign of a number of health problems as well, especially when it’s severe, long-lasting, or both.
If you have diarrhea, you’ll likely experience:
Nausea or vomiting can also sometimes accompany diarrhea, and in some serious cases you may also notice blood or mucus in your stool or run a fever. Chronic or severe diarrhea can also lead to unintended weight loss.
Diarrhea can be a symptom of a large number of different health problems, especially those related to the gastrointestinal system. Some of the most common causes of diarrhea include:
Diarrhea can also follow a period of constipation, especially in people with irritable bowel syndrome. Additionally, sometimes other factors like eating certain foods or traveling to a new place with new bacteria can cause diarrhea, especially in people with gastrointestinal conditions like IBS.
There are a number of ways to know if your diarrhea is just a passing problem or something more serious. Schedule a visit to see a physician at New York Gastroenterology Associates if you:
Diarrhea isn’t usually dangerous, but dehydration can be very serious, so if notice signs of dehydration it’s much more urgent that you seek medical attention.
If you’re worried by your diarrhea, call New York Gastroenterology Associates or schedule an appointment online today.