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Diarrhea For Two Months

Published: February 18, 2011
Dear TeenHealthFX,
I have had diarrhea for 2 months and my butt is really raw..what can I have? I have tried everything. My friends keep telling me that I have hemiroids is this true?
Signed: Diarrhea For Two Months

Dear Diarrhea For Two Months,

 

When a person has diarrhea they have loose, watery stools and tend to go the bathroom more often than normal. Diarrhea is something that pretty much everyone will experience at some point in their lives. It usually only lasts a couple of days and it often goes away on its own without the need for any treatment.

Some people may find that their diarrhea lasts for weeks. In these cases the diarrhea could be the result of a various underlying medical issues such as irritable bowel syndrome, inflammatory bowel disease, or celiac disease. Continued diarrhea could also indicate a lactose intolerance meaning that there is difficulty digesting the lactose found in milk and other dairy products.

TeenHealthFX does recommend that anyone who experiences diarrhea that lasts for more than a few days, anyone who feel dehydrated (as diarrhea can cause you to lose significant amounts of water), or anyone who finds blood in their stool to see their doctor. People with diarrhea should also see their doctors if they have a fever of more than 102 F, if they have severe abdominal or rectal pain, if they recently traveled to another country (as they may have eaten food or consumed water contaminated with bacteria or parasites during their travels), or if they recently started any new medications.

Given that you have had diarrhea for 2 months, FX definitely recommends you meet with your doctor so that you can find out what has been causing your diarrhea and so that you can get the treatment you need to regulate your system. If you don't have a doctor and live in northern New Jersey, you can call the Adolescent/Young Adult Center for Health at 973-971-6475 for an appointment with an adolescent medicine specialist or contact your local teen health center. You can also contact your insurance company for a list of in-network providers.

 

As for your friend’s suggestion that you are dealing with hemorrhoids, FX will start off by explaining what hemorrhoids are. Hemorrhoids are swollen and inflamed veins in your anus and lower rectum. They can cause itching, irritation, or pain around the anus, and can also cause swelling or noticeable lumps near the anus. Causes of hemorrhoids can include straining during bowel movements, sitting for long periods of time on the toilet, continued diarrhea or constipation, obesity, pregnancy, and anal sex.

Given that you have been experiencing diarrhea for 2 months now, it is possible that you may have developed hemorrhoids as a result of this change in your bowel habits. But keep the following things in mind: Just because you have had diarrhea for a couple of months does not mean you automatically developed hemorrhoids – you may or may not have them. And even if you do have hemorrhoids, the diarrhea most likely caused the hemorrhoids, not the other way around. If you have any concern that you might have hemorrhoids, speak to your doctor about it when you meet with him/her about the diarrhea.  

Signed: TeenHealthFX

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