Diarrhea is a disease characterized by loose or watery stools. This common health condition typically goes away within a few days. If symptoms persist, it can be an indicator of a more serious health issue that may require urgent care. An accurate diagnosis from a primary care provider can help you figure out what is wrong. Diarrhea treatment from Dr. Daniel Benhuri offers long-lasting relief for individuals throughout the Los Angeles area in California.
Symptoms of Diarrhea
Diarrhea typically resolves itself, but can lead to dehydration and other complications if the condition persists. Common symptoms include nausea, abdominal cramps and an urgent need to have a bowel movement. Severe diarrhea may include a fever, weight loss, blood and vomiting. Contact your primary care doctor if you experience a rapid heart rate, dark urine, dizziness, irritability or severe nausea and vomiting.
To prevent diarrhea symptoms, wash your hands frequently and make sure hot foods are cooked thoroughly. Rotavirus vaccination can help prevent infection in infants. Dehydration from diarrhea can become fatal with children, older adults and individuals with weakened immune systems. Symptoms to watch for include excessive thirst, dry mouth or skin, little to no urination, weakness, fatigue or dark colored urine
Causes of Diarrhea
Diarrhea may be caused by an infection from a virus or bacteria. Medications, surgeries and allergic reactions to food may also cause this condition. Digestive issues such as lactose intolerance and other sugar intake can be contributing factors.
To make a diagnosis, a primary care doctor may perform a physical examination and request urine or blood samples. Other tests may include allergen testing, stool samples or colonoscopy. Medical treatment options may include intravenous fluids, over-the-counter antidiarrheal medications, antibiotics and probiotics. Your doctor may recommend a combination of these medications as part of your treatment plan.
Beverly Hills Diarrhea Treatment
Persistent diarrhea that fails to go away with self-care should be treated by a medical professional. Dr. Daniel Benhuri is a primary care physician specializing in internal medicine who can recommend a customized treatment plan for your needs. Same day appointments as well as virtual and in-person consultation are available. New patients are welcome, and most major insurance plans are accepted. Schedule an appointment today.