Diarrhea, which includes more frequent bowel movements that are watery and loose, can be a sign of more serious medical issues. For diarrhea that lasts for up to two weeks, this is known as acute diarrhea. It is commonly caused by an infection either due to a virus, bacteria, or parasite. These issues need to be treated by a medical professional using antibiotics or antiviral medications in order for your acute diarrhea to be successfully treated. If you have chronic diarrhea, which lasts for more than four weeks, this is cause to see your gastroenterologist.
Chronic diarrhea is a common symptom of irritable bowel syndrome or inflammatory bowel disease. The latter, IBD, is a serious disorder categorized as Crohn’s disease or ulcerative colitis. If you have IBS, this can develop into inflammatory bowel disease if left untreated and unmanaged. For individuals suffering from diarrhea associated with inflammatory bowel disease, this requires medical management. Otherwise, you can develop severe symptoms that can be life-threatening. Dr. Silver provides several procedures including an endoscopy and colonoscopy that allows him to get to the source of your chronic diarrhea. This ensures you can get the right treatment for your condition while also treating your diarrhea.
Depending on whether you have acute diarrhea or chronic diarrhea, the causes are extensive. With acute diarrhea, this can be caused by less serious issues including traveler’s diarrhea, artificial sweeteners, or lactose intolerance. By changing your diet, i.e. returning to your regular foods after traveling or cutting out artificial sweeteners and dairy, you can remedy acute diarrhea. Other causes of acute diarrhea including E. coli, Salmonella infection, and norovirus infection can be treated with medical care by Dr. Silver. If you are suffering from acute or chronic diarrhea, schedule an appointment with gastroenterologist Dr. Silver for treatment. He will diagnose your diarrhea after examining and testing for possible gastroenterological conditions for a full-scope level of care for your condition.
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