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What’s going around: Acute diarrhea

(WKOW) — If you’ve been dealing with some uncomfortable digestive issues, you’re not alone.  Medical professionals have seen more people complaining about acute diarrhea.

Sara Marshall, a nurse practitioner at UnityPoint Health – Meriter’s Monona Clinic said the primary symptom is loose or watery stools, multiple times a day.

If this sounds like something you’re going through, Marshall said make sure you stay hydrated and wash your hands with soap and water.  She recommended avoiding dairy, greasy or fatty foods or alcohol; instead eat bland foods like the BRAT diet (bananas, rice, applesauce, toast).

Marshall said if your symptoms get more serious, it’s time to go see a doctor.  That includes the following:

  • Diarrhea more than six times a day
  • Symptoms lasting longer than a week
  • Blood in the stool
  • Severe abdominal pain
  • Recent travel
  • Recent antibiotic usage
  • A fever above 101.3

Caroline Bach

Anchor, 27 News at 11

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