Symptoms of Functional diarrhea

The following features are indicative of Functional diarrhea:
  • loose stool
  • mushy stool
  • watery stool

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Common Causes of Functional diarrhea

The following are the most common causes of Functional diarrhea:
  • loose stool consistency
  • irritable bowel syndrome
  • rapid intestinal transit
  • gastroenteritis

Risk Factors for Functional diarrhea

The following factors may increase the likelihood of Functional diarrhea:
  • chronic diarrhea

Prevention of Functional diarrhea

Yes, it may be possible to prevent Functional diarrhea. Prevention may be possible by doing the following:
  • keep hands clean

Lab Tests and Procedures for Diagnosis of Functional diarrhea

The following lab tests and procedures are used to detect Functional diarrhea:
  • The Bristol stool form scale: To confirm a patient’s usual stool consistency
  • Physical examination: To evaluate abdominal or rectal masses, signs of anemia, and signs of malnutrition
  • Digital rectal examination: To assess anal sphincter tone

Complications of Functional diarrhea if untreated

Yes, Functional diarrhea causes complications if it is not treated. Below is the list of complications and problems that may arise if Functional diarrhea is left untreated:
  • excessive thirst
  • dry mouth
  • dry skin
  • little or no urination
  • weakness
  • dizziness
  • lightheadedness
  • fatigue
  • dark-coloured urine
  • fever above 102 F
  • crying without tears
  • unresponsiveness
  • irritability

Self-care for Functional diarrhea

The following self-care actions or lifestyle changes may help in the treatment or management of Functional diarrhea:
  • eat healthy diet

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This page was last updated on 2/04/2019.
This page provides information for Functional diarrhea.

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