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Treatment for Diarrhea in Tacoma & Payallup

Diarrhea is when a person has loose and watery stools that occur several times a day. Most often, diarrhea is not serious and most people experience diarrhea only a couple of times a year. The symptoms of diarrhea typically last only two to three days and can be treated with over-the-counter medications. Diarrhea can occur more often in some people and may be diagnosed as (insert link to IBS page)irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)(link end).

Causes of Diarrhea

There are several factors that can cause diarrhea, including:

  • Alcohol abuse
  • Viruses: Viruses such as Norwalk virus, cytomegalovirus, and viral hepatitis can all contribute to diarrhea.
  • Food Allergies
  • Intestinal Diseases: Examples are (insert link to Crohn’s Disease page) Crohn’s Disease(link end) or (insert link to Ulcerative Colitis page) Ulcerative Colitis(link end)
  • Bacteria and Parasites: Consuming contaminated food and/or water can transmit bacteria and parasites to the body.
  • Lactose Intolerance: Many adults lack the enzyme that assists in digesting lactose, which can make it difficult for the body to digest.
  • Artificial Sweeteners: The artificial sweeteners found in products like chewing gum, sorbitol and mannitol can cause diarrhea in healthy people.
  • Malabsorption:: Trouble absorbing certain nutrients

Symptoms of Diarrhea

Signs and symptoms may include the following,

  • Loose and watery stools
  • Bloating in the stomach
  • Stomach cramps and/or pain
  • An urgent feeling to have a bowel movement
  • Fever
  • Nausea

When to contact a doctor

Diarrhea in children can quickly lead to dehydration. If the child’s symptoms do not improve within 24 hours, contact a doctor. Adults should contact a doctor if diarrhea symptoms if they experience the following symptoms:

  • Diarrhea lasting more than a couple of days
  • dehydration
  • severe abdominal pain
  • bloody or black stool
  • A fever of greater than 102 F (39 C).

Treatment for Diarrhea in Washington

Staying hydrated is important when suffering from diarrhea. Drinking plenty of water and other fluids such as sports drinks, broth, or flavored water are options as well. If a person is experiencing severe symptoms and visit a doctor, the doctor may try a few tests to determine the cause of diarrhea.

  • Blood Test
  • Stool Test: A stool test can determine if bacteria or a parasite is causing diarrhea.
  • Flexible sigmoidoscop: These procedures may be recommended by a doctor to look at the colon’s lining if the doctor cannot find the cause of diarrhea.

For further information on treating diarrhea or if you would like to schedule a consultation or appointment with your physician, contact Northwest Medical Specialties, PLLC  at one of our several locations.

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COVID-19 NOTICE

November 16, 2020 Update

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During these difficult times we are making every effort to keep our patients and staff safe from COVID 19, we appreciate your patience and understanding with the changes you may have seen within our practice.

We strive to protect our patients and staff as much as we possibly can from any exposure on our premises.  NWMS has implemented a system wide policy that does not allow anyone in the building that is not a patient and everyone must wear an NWMS provided mask over their mouth and nose during their time on our premises.  This is to protect our vulnerable patients from the unforeseen possibility of exposure to COVID 19 which can be transmitted through aerosol droplets.  Sadly, we have had patients that have died from the complications of COVID 19, which is both devastating and preventable.

We offer a virtual visit option for family, friends, and companions to participate in the care of our patients through Zoom.  Our staff will assist you with every step of the login process and invite you to participate in real time from your vehicle or designated safe space in our building. Please contact us at 253-428-8700 to set this up.

The following offices are temporarily closed:

  • Bonney Lake
  • Federal Way

If you are experiencing cold or flu symptoms, please make sure to contact us via phone prior to your appointment. You may also contact us for any additional questions by calling our office at (253) 428-8700.

Here are a few additional resources as well:

World Health Organization

Centers for Disease Control