Do you have frequent diarrhoea?
Many people suffer from diarrhoea frequently. You are not alone.
Research suggests that up to one in ten people could suffer from diarrhoea on a more frequent basis – 4 or more times in a 6 month period. Everyone is familiar with the occasional bout of diarrhoea, but some people suffer more frequently. Typically episodes of diarrhoea clear up within a few days, but can last longer. Longer lasting or persistently recurrent diarrhoea can indicate an underlying medical condition, so you may need to consult your doctor.
NHS Choices recommends you should consult your GP if you have:
- Recently been treated in hospital
- Recently been treated with antibiotics
- Diarrhoea that has blood in it
- Diarrhoea and persistent vomiting
- Unexplained weight loss
- Bleeding from your rectum (back passage)
- Passed large volumes of very watery diarrhoea (you may be at risk of dehydration)
- Symptoms at night that are disturbing your sleep
- Diarrhoea that lasts longer than a week
Statistics show that 84% of us feel weak and tired when suffering from diarrhoea, yet approximately 56% of bouts are left untreated. So we’ve brought together advice from experts in digestive health to help you understand the symptoms better and treat effectively.
Be sure to check out Life in Rhythm, our Support and Advice area, which has some simple tips that could make a big difference to your life.
How often do you suffer diarrhoea?
Although most people only experience diarrhoea occasionally, for some people it's more frequent than that. Survey data suggests as many as one in ten people could experience diarrhoea more frequently, that is on 4 or more occasions in a 6-month period. More frequent or persistent diarrhoea can be caused by an underlying medical condition, so you may need to see your GP. There are a number of reasons why some people experience diarrhoea more frequently, including Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS), dietary factors, stress or anxiety, and hormonal factors. In many cases, IMODIUM® can help. When your body is out of rhythm, IMODIUM® works by gently slowing your digestion down and can stop diarrhoea within one hour.
Even though frequent diarrhoea is quite common, it can be hard to find reliable information on the subject and sometimes talking about it can be difficult. It can be disruptive and sometimes hard to know where to go for advice.
That’s why we’ve brought together advice from experts in our Support & Advice section. We hope it will be a useful starting point to reduce the disruption that comes with diarrhoea.
Why does it happen to me?
Anyone can experience diarrhoea, and all the discomfort and disruption that go along with it. For most people it’s occasional, a tummy bug or travel related. But some people suffer more frequently, and for them it can be stress and diet related triggers amongst other things that bring on a bout of diarrhoea. We want to help you to identify your causes and help manage your symptoms.
When you have diarrhoea you just want to get through to the other side.
There are all sorts of enjoyable and healthy things you can do to help improve your digestive health. Check out our Support and Advice area to find out more.