You have Diarrhoea when..

You have to use the toilet for more three or more times a day

Your stool is runny and watery

Stomach cramps

Nausea & vomitting


When should you seek medical advice?
  • a child or elderly person has severe diarrhoea, as they may become rapidly dehydrated;
  • diarrhoea lasts more than 48 hours in a normal adult;
  • there is bright red blood in the faeces, or stools are dark and tarry;
  • the faeces have high fat content, which may be seen as pale, greasy, foul smelling stools that are difficult to flush;
  • symptoms include fever or stomach cramps, or a general feeling of being unwell;
  • you have vomiting, weakness and dizziness;
  • there are signs of dehydration such as lethargy, loss of skin elasticity, dry mucous membranes, sunken eyes, decreased urine output, rapid heart rate or confusion;
  • constipation alternates with the diarrhoea;
  • the diarrhoea was acquired while travelling;
  • the diarrhoea occurred after recent treatment with an antibiotic; or
  • if you have a pre-existing medical condition such as type 1 diabetes, heart failure or kidney failure.