Diarrhea is a real pain in the ____, and we’re not just talking about the physical side of things. It wrecks havoc on our daily routines, our stomachs, and most importantly, it’s a surefire way to lose some weight (although this should never be encouraged). But how long can you really survive with your head in the toilet bowl?
Here’s what we know.
What is diarrhea?
Before we get into whether having diarrhea for five days is bad or not, let’s talk about what it actually is. According to science-y people (doctors), diarrhea is “loose, watery stools that occur more frequently than usual.” It happens because there’s too much water in your intestines and they can’t absorb it all properly.
This can lead to some pretty uncomfortable symptoms like cramping and dehydration. In fact, if you have severe diarrhea (like more than ten times a day), you may need medical attention ASAP!
So…is having diarrhea for five days bad?
Well technically speaking, yes! Any type of persistent illness or symptom lasting longer than three days warrants medical attention.
Now don’t panic just yet – there are plenty of reasons why someone might experience prolonged episodes of digestive disturbance: food poisoning from undercooked meat; consuming expired dairy products; eating something contaminated – aka anything from Taco Bell…
If you’re experiencing five consecutive days of diarrheal expulsions along with extreme abdominal discomfort or other concerning gastrointestinal manifestations such as rectal bleeding — consider making an appointment with your doctor sooner rather than later.
(Please note: I am definitely not a doctor)
There are numerous potential factors contributing to extended periods where one feels as though they must forever reside near their porcelain throne:
- Viruses/bacteria/parasites (oh my!)
- Food intolerances (gluten and dairy, anyone?)
- Allergy responses to certain foods or dye’s in the food such as iodine
- Certain medications/supplements
- Medical conditions like Crohn’s disease or inflammatory bowel syndrome (IBS)
While experiencing diarrheal movements is unpleasant enough for most us of, what actually happens within our body when we don’t properly address this compendium of symptoms can be significantly more worrisome:
Dehydration: As mentioned above, five days straight on the toilet could lead to dehydration which will only exacerbate other problems such as headaches and fatigue.
Malabsorption: With prolonged episodes of loose bowels, the intestinal lining may become damaged leading to malnutrition because your gut isn’t absorbing nutrients from your kibble I mean…diet micronutrient intake.
Toxic buildup: A few toxins & chemicals every now and again go unnoticed passing through our bodies but a chronic battle with them due to frequent lackluster immune response leaving you frail and susceptible easily prone to illness attack..
Fatigue: It might seem strange that spending hours in-between bathroom trips would make someone feel drained but it’s true – numerous gastrointestinal issues are known culprits behind excessive lethargy!
5.(Insert Fearful Thought Here) : This is mainly for hypochondriacs who imagine all sorts toxic activity taking place inside their intestines so probably best move alone…
How do you treat diarrhea?
Frankly put: Encountering bouts with overwhelming gassy nausea filled overtone-type feelings does sound less than idealistic – One fact remains an unchanging rule: Be sure to thoroughly wash hands before touching any food items — especially ones shared by others!
As mentioned earlier, dehydration is one risk associated with throwing up after experiencing unchanged bowel movements for days on end. Therefore it is definitely recommended that you consume extra fluids (Water, gentle teas, or sports drinks blah) in order to stave off the effects of dehydration. Salty snacks & canned soup often contain hunger-reducing electrolytes as well!
Finally, after prolonged episodes following the golden rules below may improve your gut’ health:
Probiotics: Adding these little guys might help regulate bowel movements and promote growth of good bacteria throughout digestive tract!
Diet Changes: Incorporating certain foods like bananas, rice or toast (the infamous B.R.A.T diet) into one’s nutritional consumption strategy can be helpful — albeit boring AF.
Stay home from work: Quite an obvious point due to infectious nature of this conundrum – Avoid transmitting illnesses further by being the smart one who stays at home while recovery takes place – maybe catch up on some Peaky Blinders?
When should you go see a doctor?
If normal symptoms persist when trying bottled water and even liquids like Pedialyte with no signs of relief then making appointment right quick with medical experts available within nearby facilities is kinda mandatory.
I hope this article has helped settle any uncertainties regarding your own personal day-to-day struggles with frequent “unnatural” events taking place at inappropriate times… Remember if lasting longer than three consecutive weekdays makes for enough excuses 5 DAYS IS TOO LOOOONG !
NO ONE WANTS TO RESIDE ON THE POT FOR THAT LONG.
Hey there, I’m Dane Raynor, and I’m all about sharing fascinating knowledge, news, and hot topics. I’m passionate about learning and have a knack for simplifying complex ideas. Let’s explore together!
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