Hi, most of these episodes of diarrhea are produced by viral infections, and the most important part of the treatment is maintaining a good hydration. I am going to provide a link with some detailed information, including what can be done to treat it, and what are the symptoms when medical advice should be obtained:
The above link is from a UK site, but is quite detailed.
If you take a look, diarrhea can last a few days, and will usually resolve by itself.
Does the virus usually stay 3 days plus? what about trying otc meds?
If it lasts more than 3-4 days without getting better, you may need to have yourself checked, and some tests may be required. The link above also gives information about OTC remedies, but using anti-diarrheals should generally be avoided.
And yes, viruses can stay for longer than three days
They should be some improvement in 3-4 days however
stools have a bile color - should I be concerned?
Do you have any medical history, take any medications or travelled before this/
You mean they are greenish?
Did you take any antibiotics in the past couple of weeks?
No,not in the past 6 months - traveling. no med hx
sorry ,yes greenish
Greenish stool can be produced as a result of intake of certain foods, medications such as iron supplements/vitamins, or due to rapid movement of the stool in the diarrhea (something known as rapid transit)
If the stool is red or blackish in color, that would be more concerning, as it may indicate passage of blood
That would not occur in virus infection
greenish stools can also occur due to a condition known as antibiotic associated diarrhea, which is produced by a bug known as Clostridium difficile, thats why i asked about antibiotics
You need to test the stools for the bug, and cannot just go by the color only, to make a diagnosis
sorry no rx's/supplements on board. can anything counteract "rapid transit"? what time period are we talking for testing?
Anti-diarrheals like loperamide can decrease trips to the bathroom
If the diarrhea lasts more then 4 days, symptoms are becoming worse or severe or you suspect dehydration
If the abdominal pain is severe
These symptoms will require testing like blood counts, stool examination and culture to try and identify any bugs
And antibiotics may be required
Other symptoms include blood in stools, fever, mucus in stools
Vomiting that is not subsiding
thanks for the info
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