Acute diarrhea is one of the most commonly reported illnesses in the United States, second only to respiratory infections. Worldwide, it is a leading cause of mortality in children younger than four years old, especially in the developing world. Diarrhea that lasts less than two weeks is termed acute diarrhea. Persistent diarrhea lasts between two and four weeks. Chronic diarrhea lasts longer than four weeks.
Diarrheal stools are those that take shape of the container, so they are often described as loose or watery. Some people consider diarrhea as an increase in the number of stools, but stool consistency is really the hallmark. Associated symptoms can include abdominal cramps, fever, nausea, vomiting, fatigue, and urgency. Chronic diarrhea can be accompanied by weight loss, malnutrition, abdominal pain, or other symptoms of the underling illness. Clues for organic disease are weight loss, diarrhea that wakes you up at night or blood in the stools. These are signs that your doctor will want to do a thorough evaluation to determine the cause of your symptoms. Also tell your doctor if you have a family history of celiac disease, inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), have unintentional weight loss, fever, abdominal cramping, or decreased appetite. Tell your doctor if you experience bulky, greasy or very bad smelling stools.
- Watery stools
- Bloating in your belly
- Thin or loose stools
- Nausea and throwing up
- Urgent feeling to have a bowel movement
More serious symptoms of diarrhea include:
- Weight loss
- Blood or mucus in the stool
If you would like to see a gastroenterologist West Palm Beach regarding diarrhea, please visit Digestive Center of the Palm Beaches. It’s a full-service gastroenterology practice specializing in diseases of the digestive tract and liver, including diarrhea. Our GI doctors utilize a wide range of digestive endoscopy techniques.
Formed in 2005, Digestive Center of the Palm Beaches has two convenient office locations in West Palm Beach and Palm Beach Gardens, as well as hospital privileges at Good Samaritan, St. Mary’s and Palm Beach Gardens Medical Center. Our gastroenterology center is fully certified by the Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care (AAAHC).
With over 80 years of combined experience, our GI doctors perform thousands of procedures each year. Our patients are in the hands of the most qualified and highly trained GI doctors. Our physicians are the foremost experts in acute diarrhea, chronic diarrhea, digestive wellness, and gastrointestinal diseases.
Our center for gastroenterology is a doctor’s office, as well as an outpatient endoscopic facility, specializing in acute diarrhea, chronic diarrhea, colon cancer screening, and gastroenterology. We take pride in providing high-quality healthcare services in a warm and welcoming environment, where guests feel comfortable and secure. The GI doctors, nurses and staff appreciate the confidence and trust that you have placed in us.
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