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By Vikram Jayanty, M.D. PA
June 08, 2020
Tags: diarrhea  

Diarrhea can be caused by a number of factors, all of which can cause intense discomfort. Additionally, diarrhea can be the result of a medical condition, such as irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) or Crohn’s disease. In such cases, Dr. Vikram Jayanty of our gastroenterology practice in Houston, TX, can diagnose and treat the cause of your diarrhea.

Causes of Diarrhea

Several factors can cause diarrhea. One common cause is diet. For example, eating spicy, fried, or fatty foods can lead to digestive issues, including diarrhea. Additionally, dairy products, such as milk and cheese, can cause this issue, as can foods that contain sugar, gluten, and caffeine. When dietary factors are the cause of diarrhea, it can be prevented by limiting the consumption of these foods or avoiding them completely.

Diarrhea can also be due to food poisoning, illness, or infection, as well as certain medical conditions that affect the gastrointestinal system. Conditions such as Crohn’s disease, IBS, and hyperthyroidism are all associated with gastrointestinal problems, including diarrhea. Certain types of cancer can cause diarrhea, as well. It is best to see a gastroenterologist for treatment of severe or persistent diarrhea as it could be a symptom of a medical condition or other health concern.

How a Gastroenterologist Can Help

Infrequent diarrhea caused by something that you ate can usually be treated at home. However, it is best to seek medical assistance when the diarrhea is chronic, severe, or has persisted for several days. It is especially important to see a doctor if the diarrhea is accompanied by other symptoms, such as a high fever. A gastroenterologist can diagnose the cause of your diarrhea and recommend a course of treatment if it is due to infection, illness, or a particular medical condition.

Contact our gastroenterology practice in Houston, TX, if you experience any of the following symptoms in conjunction with diarrhea:

  • Diarrhea that has persisted for three or more consecutive days
  • Severe pain in the abdomen or rectum
  • A fever of 102 degrees or higher
  • Bloody stools
  • Dehydration

To schedule an appointment with Dr. Jayanty, call our Houston gastroenterology clinic by dialing (713) 932-9200.