You have Diarrhoea when..
You have to use the toilet for more three or more times a day
Your stool is runny and watery
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.