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Colitis (cont.)

When to Seek Medical Care for Colitis

Diarrhea is a common symptom of colitis, and most episodes resolve in a matter of hours.

Medical care should be accessed if any of the following conditions exist:

  • persistent diarrhea,
  • dehydration (symptoms of dehydration include lightheadedness; weakness; decreased urination; dry mouth, eyes, and skin.
  • fever,
  • significant abdominal pain, and/or
  • blood in the bowel movement.
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 5/1/2014

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