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How does your doctor know what's causing your diarrhea?

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He'll need to know:

He also might want to get a sample of your stool to send for lab testing. He may order blood tests as well.

  • If there's blood or mucus in your diarrhea
  • How watery it is
  • How long you've had it
  • If anyone around you has it
  • If your urge to go is severe
  • Do you have belly pain, or pain in your bottom?
  • Do you have a fever?
  • Do you feel dizzy or confused?
  • Have you traveled anywhere recently?
  • Are you taking antibiotics, or have you recently finished some?
  • Do certain foods make you better or worse?

From: Treatment for Diarrhea WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES: 

Cary G. Sauer, MD, assistant professor of pediatrics, Emory School of Medicine, Atlanta. 

CDC.

UpToDate.

Cleveland Clinic: "Diarrhea," "Mom's Advice Is Still the Best for Treating Diarrhea."

FamilyDoctor.org: "Anti-diarrheal Medicines: OTC Relief for Diarrhea."

Mayo Clinic: "Diarrhea: Treatment," “Diarrhea: When to see a doctor.”

Wayne State University Physician Group: "Nausea and Vomiting."

Reviewed by Melinda Ratini on September 26, 2017

SOURCES: 

Cary G. Sauer, MD, assistant professor of pediatrics, Emory School of Medicine, Atlanta. 

CDC.

UpToDate.

Cleveland Clinic: "Diarrhea," "Mom's Advice Is Still the Best for Treating Diarrhea."

FamilyDoctor.org: "Anti-diarrheal Medicines: OTC Relief for Diarrhea."

Mayo Clinic: "Diarrhea: Treatment," “Diarrhea: When to see a doctor.”

Wayne State University Physician Group: "Nausea and Vomiting."

Reviewed by Melinda Ratini on September 26, 2017

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