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When should you call your doctor and get medical help about diarrhea?

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Get medical help for diarrhea if you:

  • Have severe pain in your belly or bottom
  • Have bloody or black poop
  • Get dehydrated -- you feel very thirsty, pee less than usual, have dry mouth, and feel weak
  • Run a fever of 102 or higher
  • Aren’t better in 48 hours

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 Nayana Ambardekar on August 6, 2019

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 Nayana Ambardekar on August 6, 2019

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