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I am a 52 yr old male and about 2 months ago I got a case of diearrha and my hemroids flared up again. Since then my stools have been a lot looser than before and where I used to go once a day it seems like I am going 3 or 4 times now, should I be worried?

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replied October 29th, 2012
Digestive and Bowel Disorders Answer A39920

Welcome to ehealthforum and thanks for writing

What you seem to be having is 'chronic diarrhea' which is defined as loose stools (3 or more stools per day) that last for at least four weeks.

You need to get blood, stool, urine tests and stool culture which may find the infection causing diarrhea. If these tests come out normal then other tests including X-rays or procedures such as colonoscopy or sigmoidoscopy may be needed.
You may try the following:
1. Take over the counter lactobacillus preparation and yoghurt with your meals.

2. Drink plenty of fluids, eat light, do not stay hungry but eat simple things like toast, porridge, cereals, crackers, banana, rice, etc.

3. Avoid dairy products, which can worsen diarrhea (due to a temporary state of lactose intolerance).

4. Drink more fluid (except milk or caffeinated beverages) to replace fluids lost by diarrhea.

Kindly consider visiting a Physician for evaluation.

Take care!

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