You can treat diarrhea upon the first occurrence of symptoms
While treating diarrhea can help alleviate symptoms, acute diarrhea, usually lasting one or two days, goes away on its own. Diarrhea lasting more than two days may be a sign of a serious condition. Chronic diarrhea lasts at least four weeks and symptoms may be continual or may come and go. Diarrhea of any duration may cause dehydration. By treating diarrhea quickly, you can start to feel better again and get on with your day.
When to use rehydration treatments.
If you have diarrhea, drink plenty of fluids. You may also take an oral rehydration solution.
Oral rehydration solutions replace lost fluids and salts and help to prevent dehydration.
When to see a healthcare professional.
You should consult your healthcare professional if:
- Symptoms get worse
- Diarrhea lasts for more than two days
- You have a fever
- Blood or mucus in your stools
These may be signs of a serious condition.