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When should you call a doctor about diarrhea?

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  • You think you're dehydrated, or you're losing more fluids than you can replace.
  • An infant 3 months old or younger has vomiting or diarrhea.
  • There's blood or mucus in the poop, or it's black.
  • An over-the-counter diarrhea medication seems to have made it worse.
  • You may have drank contaminated water.
  • You're taking an antibiotic.
  • Your stomachache hasn't gotten better.
  • You have a fever.
  • You have any other medical problem.
  • If it gets worse, or if it doesn't clear up after 2-3 days for an adult, or a child doesn't feel better after 24 hours.

From: Diarrhea Treatment WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

NIH National Digestive Diseases Information Clearinghouse: “Diarrhea.”

eMedicineHealth: "Diarrhea."

Reviewed by William Blahd on October 20, 2017

SOURCES:

NIH National Digestive Diseases Information Clearinghouse: “Diarrhea.”

eMedicineHealth: "Diarrhea."

Reviewed by William Blahd on October 20, 2017

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