What causes consistent diarrhea?

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Posted on Wed, 11 Feb 2015 in Digestion and Bowels
Question: I have had diarrhea for 5 straight days with no other symptoms or changes in diet. Please advise.
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Answered by Dr. Klerida Shehu 43 minutes later
Brief Answer:
Possible viral gastroenteritis...

Detailed Answer:
Hi,

I am sorry for the situation you are in.

Having diarrhea for 5 consecutive days might be related to to viral infection. As long as it has lasted for 5 days now, I advise to:
- wait for another few days before consulting your doctor
- consume plenty of fluids (water with ORS, juice, etc.)
- take tasectan or pepto bismos to stop diarrhea
- take probiotics to normalize intestinal flora
- monitor blood pressure
- follow BRAT diet (banana, rice, apple sauce, toast)
- have light meals (soups, yogurt, etc).

Wish fast recovery!
Dr.Klerida
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