Diarrhea consists of loose, watery stools, and having diarrhea means passing loose stools three or more times a day. Usually, acute diarrhea lasts one or two days, then goes away on its own.

Diarrhea lasting more than two days could indicate a more serious problem, and chronic diarrhea lasting at least four weeks could be a symptom of a chronic disease.

People of all ages can get diarrhea. Diarrhea may cause dehydration, which means the body lacks enough fluid and electrolytes to function properly. Usually, the only treatment required is to replace lost fluids and electrolytes to prevent dehydration.

Diarrhea symptoms may be reduced by avoiding caffeine, greasy foods, and foods that are high in fiber, sweets, and sugar substitutes.

Over-the-counter medicines (such as Imodium and Pepto-Bismol) may help stop diarrhea in adults, but these medicines should only be given to infants and children with your doctor’s guidance.

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What causes diarrhea?

Diarrhea can have numerous causes, including viruses, bacterial and parasitic infections, lactose intolerance, and use of antibiotic medications. Some people may experience diarrhea after consuming too much of the sugar fructose, which is found in fruits, honey, and some beverages. Artificial sweeteners found in sugar-free food products can also cause diarrhea for people who are sensitive to these sweeteners. In addition, diarrhea can occur after a surgery or with some chronic conditions, such as ulcerative colitis, celiac disease, Crohn’s disease, and irritable bowel syndrome.

Is diarrhea a serious problem?

Diarrhea typically goes away after a few days, but if it lasts longer than 2 weeks, you may have a chronic health condition like inflammatory bowel disease, which should be evaluated by a doctor. Diarrhea is serious if it lasts longer than a few days, is accompanied by a fever, or includes bloody or black stools or severe stomach pain. Diarrhea can also cause dehydration, which may be indicated by dark colored urine, excessive thirst, fatigue, lack of urination, and weakness. If you or your child shows these signs of dehydration, it is important to seek immediate medical care.

How is diarrhea treated?

In many cases, diarrhea will resolve on its own without treatment after a few days. You can typically manage diarrhea at home by drinking plenty of water, getting enough sodium to replace lost electrolytes, and avoiding triggering foods, such as dairy or foods that are greasy or high in fiber. You may benefit from taking a probiotic or anti-diarrheal medication. If an underlying condition like a bacterial infection causes diarrhea, a doctor may prescribe antibiotics. Children with diarrhea may be advised to consume a beverage like Pedialyte to replace lost fluids and electrolytes. If diarrhea is persistent, your doctor will treat the underlying health condition, such as inflammatory bowel disease, that is causing diarrhea.

Common Symptoms

  • “I had stomach cramping, along with loose, watery bowel movements after taking an antibiotic for a respiratory infection.”
  • “For a few days, I was having bowel movements more often than usual, and when I had to go, the need was urgent. I also noticed mucus in my stools.”
  • “I developed a slight fever, accompanied by stomach pain and nausea. When I had a bowel movement, it was watery. small bump near my anus, as well as a small crack in the skin around that area.”

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We’re proud of our team here at Digestive Health Institute. Our health care providers include some of the very best colorectal surgeons, gastroenterologists and physician assistants. To learn more about our qualified team of specialists, please visit our providers page.

Anezi E. Bakken MD, MS

Sante D. Bologna MD, FACP

M. Emin Donat MD, FRCPC

Freeha Khan MD

Partha S. Nandi

Leonard G. Quallich III MD

Jack Tocco DO

John R. Weber MD

Richard T. Wille MD

Tusar Desai MD

Aalia Saeed, MD


What happens during my first visit?
If you are a new patient, you can expect to have a complete physical exam. You will also be asked detailed questions about your current problems and your past medical history, your current medications, allergies, your family history and other pertinent medical information. If you are taking medications, please bring a completed medical history form with you to your appointment. Once the physician has reviewed your medical information and completed the physical examination, a plan of care will be developed. You may need to be seen again in the office, be referred back to your family physician for follow-up care, or require additional testing. If additional tests are needed, we will assist you in scheduling these tests.
What if I need to schedule an endoscopic procedure?

An endoscopic procedure allows the physician to visualize a part of your gastrointestinal tract with a special instrument called an endoscope. If your family physician has ordered testing, you will be contacted by telephone by one of our staff members. If a physician orders testing and you are in the office, the procedure can generally be scheduled during the course of your visit. You will be given a date, time, and location for the test, as well as written instructions telling you how to prepare for the test. If you have any questions about the procedure, please feel free to ask one of our staff members or the physician.

How do I get test results?

We ask that you wait 10 to 14 days before contacting us for results. Often results come from several different sources. This information needs to be compiled and reviewed by your physician before you can be appropriately advised. 

What insurances do you accept?

We accept payment from most insurance companies including Medicare, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Care Network, Physicians Health Plan, Cofinity, Sparrow Professional Health Network, Medicaid, McLaren, Health Plus, and several others. Accepted insurances are subject to change at any time without notice.

If your insurance requires an authorization from your primary care physician, you may be asked to assist us in obtaining this authorization.

All patients are responsible for all copays and deductibles at the time of service.

If you have any questions regarding your benefits or insurance coverage, please contact our Billing Department at 248-844-9710.

What if I need to contact the doctor?

To contact your doctor during business hours please call our main number 248-844-9710. If you have an urgent need to speak with the doctor after hours, you will be rerouted to our after hours answering service, and your doctor will be paged. In the case of a medical emergency please proceed directly to the nearest hospital emergency room.

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