Primary Care

Quality treatment for persistent diarrhea

Watery, loose stool that occurs three or more times a day is known as diarrhea. Usually, diarrhea is not harmful, as your body’s immune system will clear the virus causing the diarrhea within a dew days. However, persistent diarrhea can lead to dehydration.

Visit Goshen Physicians Family Medicine & Urgent Care for diarrhea treatment in Goshen, IN, or call (574) 535-1700 for an appointment. Our experts provide walk-in care for minor illnesses and conditions seven days a week, with extended hours on weekdays.

When to seek urgent care for severe diarrhea

Everyone experiences diarrhea at some point in their life. Knowing when to go to urgent care or the ER for diarrhea can help you prevent serious complications.

Visit our urgent care center for mild symptoms of diarrhea, including abdominal pain, nausea, vomiting and mild fever. Since severe diarrhea can cause dehydration, look out for symptoms of fluid loss, including:

  • Urinating less than normal
  • Dark urine
  • Thirst
  • Fatigue
  • Dizziness and lightheadedness

Children and infants can present other symptoms, such as dry mouth, no tears when crying, soft spots and sunken eyes and cheeks.

Always visit the emergency room for the following symptoms:

  • Diarrhea lasting more than two days
  • Black, tarry stool
  • Pus or blood in stool
  • High fever
  • Severe abdominal pain

Preventing and treating persistent diarrhea

The goal of diarrhea treatment is to prevent dehydration. Depending on the cause, our urgent care team may treat diarrhea with antibiotics, anti-infective medications or by replacing electrolytes through fluids. Often, food poisoning is the source of the diarrhea. You can help prevent diarrhea by handling food safely, including frequently washing your hands.

Don’t let diarrhea symptoms go on for too long. Come to our urgent care in Goshen for quality care for you and your family.

Serving Elkhart County, Goshen Physicians Family Medicine & Urgent Care offers walk-in treatment for persistent diarrhea in Goshen, IN.