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Does diarrhea always require treatment?

No, most types of diarrhea only require close observation and time for the virus or infection to pass. Avoid diarrhea medications, unless the doctor tells you to take them. The function of diarrhea is to rid the body of bad bugs. Often the only way to get better is to suffer through the loose stools.

Sometimes diarrhea can be treated with over-the-counter antidiarrheal medications, however, if diarrhea is caused by serious underlying medical issues, certain types of diarrhea cannot be treated by over-the-counter remedies. If you believe this to be the case, contact your doctor.

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