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*Available for adults 18+ in all 48 continental US states. Not available in Alaska or Hawaii.

K Health memberships are not insurance and exclude ancillary services (e.g., labs, equipment, cost of medication, etc). Medical care is provided by K Health’s affiliated professional corporations. See Terms of Service.

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FAQs

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What is diarrhea?

Diarrhea is defined as having three or more loose, watery stools per day. It’s often accompanied by cramping, abdominal pain, urgency, bloating, and gas. Diarrhea can be acute—meaning it comes on suddenly and lasts for a short time—or chronic, which persists for weeks or even months.

Types of diarrhea 

There are several ways to describe the different types of diarrhea according to the length of time you experience symptoms and the consistency of your bowel movements.

  • Acute diarrhea: This describes diarrhea that lasts less than two weeks.
  • Chronic diarrhea: This describes diarrhea that lasts longer than four weeks.

You can also describe diarrhea by its consistency and appearance:

Causes of acute diarrhea

Typically, acute diarrhea goes away on its own within four days. The most common causes of acute diarrhea are often different than the most common causes of chronic diarrhea. The most common causes of acute diarrhea include infections, travelers’ diarrhea, and side effects of medications. Some infections can be foodborne, meaning that they enter your digestive tract through something you eat or drink. Infections that cause diarrhea may include:

  • Viral infections: Viruses such as norovirus and rotavirus are common causes of diarrhea.
  • Bacterial infections: Bacteria may enter your body through contaminated food or water and cause diarrhea. Common bacterial infections include campylobacter, escherichia coli (E. coli), salmonella, and shigella. 
  • Parasitic infections: Parasites can also enter your body through something you eat or through contaminated water. Common parasitic infections include cryptosporidium enteritis, entamoeba histolytica, and giardia lamblia. 

Traveler’s diarrhea happens when you eat food or drink water contaminated with a bacteria, virus, or parasite. This is more common when traveling to a developing country. This type of diarrhea typically lasts a few days. 

Several medications may also cause diarrhea, including:

  • Antibiotics
  • Antacids
  • Medications containing magnesium
  • Cancer medications

Causes of chronic diarrhea

Several infections, food allergies,  intolerances, digestive conditions or surgeries, and medications can cause chronic diarrhea.

Common food allergies or intolerances that may cause chronic diarrhea include:

  • Cow’s milk
  • Soy
  • Cereal grains
  • Eggs
  • Seafood
  • Lactose intolerance
  • Fructose intolerance
  • Sugar alcohol intolerance

Digestive tract conditions that may cause chronic diarrhea include:

People who have had abdominal surgery in the past sometimes develop chronic diarrhea, including surgeries involving the:

  • Appendix
  • Large intestine
  • Small intestine
  • Gallbladder
  • Liver
  • Pancreas
  • Spleen
  • Stomach

Some medications may cause chronic diarrhea as a side effect when taken long-term. Taking antibiotics to treat bacterial infections of any kind can alter your normal gut bacteria and allow Clostridium difficile (C. diff) to grow. This bacteria can cause diarrhea and other complications. 

Stress is another factor that sometimes causes diarrhea. 

Symptoms of diarrhea

If you have diarrhea, you may have an urgent need to use the restroom. You may also experience the following:

  • Abdominal cramping or pain
  • Bloating
  • Intestinal gas
  • Nausea
  • Loss of bowel control

If you have an infection causing diarrhea, you may also have symptoms such as:

  • Blood in your stools
  • Fever and chills
  • Feeling light-headed or dizzy
  • Vomiting

How is diarrhea treated? 

To figure out which treatment is best for you, your medical provider will ask you about your recent symptoms. They may question you about the frequency of your bowel movements, how long you’ve been experiencing diarrhea, and the color and consistency of your stools. They’ll also want to know about recent travel, contact with other sick people, and the types of medications you take.

Depending on the suspected cause, your provider may suggest treatment with over-the-counter (OTC) medications to help stop diarrhea. If they think you have an infection, they may order an antibiotic or medication that targets a parasite infection.

For gastrointestinal disorders, some treatments may help stop your diarrhea. 

Sometimes, experts suggest probiotics to restore a healthy bacteria balance in your gut. 

To treat dehydration caused by diarrhea, drink plenty of fluids and electrolytes. Water is essential, but you should also include other liquids like broth, fruit juices, and sports drinks. These liquids are vital for young children as they contain electrolytes and glucose—a sugar that helps the body absorb and retain fluid.

If you have severe diarrhea and cannot keep liquids down, or if your stool contains blood, you should go to the hospital as you may need intravenous (IV) fluids. People with a weakened immune system are also at risk for more severe problems from diarrhea and should seek medical attention immediately.

What medication treats diarrhea?

OTC anti-motility medications can help stop diarrhea. However, they can be dangerous for children and aren’t recommended for people experiencing bloody stool or signs of infection such as fever. OTC anti-motility medications include loperamide (Imodium) and bismuth subsalicylate (Pepto-Bismol, Kaopectate).

Antibiotics may help with certain infections. Your doctor will order an antibiotic prescription if it is needed. Sometimes, laboratory testing of the stool is needed prior to treatment. 

Complications of diarrhea

Diarrhea can cause dehydration and malabsorption, which can be serious. 

Symptoms of dehydration include:

  • Thirst
  • Dry mouth
  • Urinating less often than usual
  • Dark colored urine
  • Feeling tired
  • Decreased skin elasticity
  • Feeling light-headed or dizzy
  • Sunken eyes or cheeks
  • No tears when crying
  • A sunken soft spot on the skull of infants

Chronic diarrhea lasting for a few days or longer may cause malabsorption. Symptoms of malabsorption include:

  • Stomach bloating
  • Changes in appetite
  • Having extra gas
  • Passing loose, greasy, or foul-smelling stools
  • Weight loss
  • Poor weight gain in infants
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Can I get a prescription online through the K Health app?

Yes! If a clinician practicing on the K Health Platform decides you need a prescription, they’ll send it to your local pharmacy, or we may be able to mail it to your door.

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What’s included in the K Health membership?

Our K Health membership includes nearly everything K Health offers:

  • Unlimited text-based visits with licensed medical providers
  • 24/7 Urgent Care without an appointment
  • Flexible appointments for chronic condition management
  • Easy prescription management and renewals
  • Treatment for anxiety and depression, including medication shipped to your door (medication cost not included)
  • As always, no insurance needed, all on your own schedule

*24/7 Urgent Care is available in 48 states of the US. Not available in Alaska or Hawaii.

K Health memberships are not insurance and do not include any ancillary services, (e.g.) laboratory tests, durable medical equipment, appointments with other providers or specialists that we may refer you to, emergency or in-person urgent care facility visits; cost of medication and other referrals. Medical care is provided by K Health’s affiliated professional corporations. See Terms of Service.

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How much does K Health cost?

If you want to chat with a medical provider, you can purchase a membership for just $49 for the first month, which gives you access to:

  • Unlimited text-based visits with licensed medical providers
  • 24/7 Urgent Care without an appointment
  • Flexible appointments for chronic condition management
  • Easy prescription management and renewals
  • Treatment for anxiety and depression, including medication shipped to your door (medication cost not included)
  • As always, no insurance needed, all on your own schedule

After your first month, you’ll automatically be enrolled in a quarterly plan (which is $147 each time). You’re free to cancel until 1 day before your membership renewal date.

If you prefer, you can instead pay for a one-time virtual visit, which costs $73 and includes 1 week of follow-up chats. You can also download the K Health app and use our smart Symptom Checker for free.


*24/7 Urgent Care is available in 48 states of the US. Not available in Alaska or Hawaii.

K Health memberships are not insurance and do not include any ancillary services, (e.g.) laboratory tests, durable medical equipment, appointments with other providers or specialists that we may refer you to, emergency or in-person urgent care facility visits; cost of medication and other referrals. Medical care is provided by K Health’s affiliated professional corporations. See Terms of Service.

Learn more about what we can and cannot treat

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Do you need insurance to use K Health?

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We’ve created efficient ways to bring the cost of healthcare way down and make quality care accessible to everyone, without needing to use health insurance.

You can sign up for our K Health membership which includes access to our Primary Care program, 24/7 Urgent Care visits, treatment for anxiety and depression, and more,* or you can pay for a one-time virtual visit. Plus, our Symptom Checker is always free to use.

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*24/7 Urgent Care is available in 48 states of the US. Not available in Alaska or Hawaii.

K Health memberships are not insurance and do not include any ancillary services, (e.g.) laboratory tests, durable medical equipment, appointments with other providers or specialists that we may refer you to, emergency or in-person urgent care facility visits; cost of medication and other referrals. Medical care is provided by K Health’s affiliated professional corporations. 

See Terms of Service.

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Can I use my insurance to pay for K Health?

With the exception of certain Surest and Elevance Health plans, we don’t accept insurance to pay for K Health memberships, one-time Urgent Care virtual visits, or mail-order medication, but we keep our prices low to keep medical care accessible to everyone. In many cases, our prices are lower than your insurance copay would have been!

If your medical provider prescribes you medication to pick up at your local pharmacy or orders bloodwork to a lab of your choice, you can use your insurance at those locations.

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Are there any conditions that K Health doesn’t treat?

K Health-affiliated medical providers can diagnose and treat most things you might see an in-person primary care doctor for. However, there are sometimes instances when we recommend you see a doctor in person.

For example, ear infections and strep throat are two common conditions that require an in-person consultation for diagnosis. However, K Health-affiliated providers can help assess severity and provide guidance on what to do next.

We also don’t treat anyone who:

  • is under 18 years old
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We don’t prescribe controlled substances, and we cannot prescribe other high-risk medications that are subject to abuse. Learn more in our Medical Policies.

*24/7 Urgent Care is available in all 48 continental US states. Not available in Alaska or Hawaii. K Health memberships are not insurance and exclude ancillary services (e.g., referrals, labs, equipment, cost of medication, etc). Medical care is provided by K Health’s affiliated professional corporations. See Terms of Service.

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The K Health app is governed by HIPAA, and we apply high-security standards to protect your personal information and your privacy. K Health is also compliant with the California Consumer Privacy Act (“CCPA”). We will use your data only to improve our services and to provide them to you. You can learn more in our Privacy Policy.

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