Diarrhea treatment in Florida
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What is diarrhea?
Diarrhea is characterized by loose, watery stools and usually happens more often than normal bowel movements. Experiencing loose stools three times a day or more puts it in the category of diarrhea. In general, diarrhea lasts for only a short amount of time, but chronic or persistent diarrhea can point to a far more serious cause. Diarrhea can sometimes, on occasion, be treated with home remedies. The most important thing one can do is to consume plenty of fluids to replace the fluids being lost during watery bowel movements. One can also incorporate bananas, rice, applesauce, and toast into their diet. In the event that you suspect you could have a bacteria or virus, antivirals or antibiotics might be prescribed. Additionally, you can use nonprescription medications with your doctor's supervision. However, there are several conditions, diseases, and cancers that manifest themselves through diarrhea. Some such conditions include but are not limited to colon cancer, Crohn's disease, and irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). For these reasons, it is important not to self-diagnose but to consult a doctor if severe diarrhea develops. Please know that you are not alone and you can find treatment for diarrhea in Florida. You can find a local gastroenterologist through Gastroenterology Associates of Florida.
What causes diarrhea?
Diarrhea is an extremely common gastrointestinal condition. Nearly all of us have suffered from loose or watery stools as a result of eating some bad food, during stressful periods in our lives, or after taking a new medication. But diarrhea can, sometimes, indicate that something of greater severity is going on with your body. Below is a list of possible habits or conditions that can cause diarrhea:
- An overactive thyroid
- Abuse of alcohol
- Viral infection
- Malabsorption (trouble absorbing certain nutrients)
- Therapy involving radiation
- Difficulty digesting fructose
- Artificial sweeteners
- Parasites or bacteria from contaminated water or food
- Runner’s diarrhea
- Laxative abuse
- Lactose intolerance
- Surgery (sometimes abdominal and gallbladder removal surgeries can cause diarrhea)
- Some cancers/Cancer
If you have persistent diarrhea and are looking for relief, contact our GI providers at Gastroenterology Associates of Florida.
When should I visit a gastroenterologist for diarrhea?
If your diarrhea becomes severe, contact a gastrointestinal specialist at Gastroenterology Associates of Florida as soon as possible. A few hallmarks of severe diarrhea might include:
- Diarrhea accompanied by a fever
- Diarrhea that persists longer than 48 hours
- Dark urine and diarrhea
- Severe stomach pain
- Vomiting accompanied by diarrhea
- Diarrhea post-travel to a foreign country
If any of these issues manifest themselves, you must seek professional help. It is always better to be safe than sorry. If you suspect that you should consult with a GI doctor because of diarrhea, please reach out to us right away. Our specialists routinely provide treatment for diarrhea in Florida.
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Quality treatment for your condition
While most people will deal with bouts of diarrhea throughout their lives, it could be a symptom of a more serious medical condition. If you or a family member have been suffering from frequent diarrhea in tandem with other uncomfortable GI symptoms, it could be time to an appointment with a gastroenterologist to investigate your symptoms. You can connect with a gastroenterology doctor at Gastroenterology Associates of Florida. If you are suffering from troubling gastrointestinal symptoms or need treatment for diarrhea in Florida, contact our facility to be connected to a specialist right away.
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