When should I see a doctor about diarrhea and bloating?

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Diarrhea and bloating are usually caused by bacteria, viruses, parasites, certain medicines, food intolerances and diseases that affect the stomach, small intestine or colon. If you are experiencing chronic diarrhea -- lasting more than three days -- you should see a gastroenterologist, as this may be an indication of a more serious problem.

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Diarrhea

Diarrhea

Diarrhea is defined by having loose stools at least three times a day, sometimes accompanied by stomach pain and other symptoms. This disorder can lead to dehydration and other problems. For quick relief of diarrhea, over the coun...

ter medications can be helpful. If your symptoms persist for more than three days, or you have signs of dehydration, seek medical attention. Learn more about diarrhea from our experts.
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