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By Vikram S. Jayanty, M.D. PA
January 24, 2018
Tags: diarrhea  

Are you suffering from diarrhea?diarrhea

Diarrhea is experienced by everyone and can be a sign of a serious disorder, such as inflammatory bowel disease, or even irritable bowel syndrome, especially if your diarrhea it lasts for several weeks. If you are worried about your gastrointestinal health, then you need to speak with Dr. Vikram Jayanty in Houston, TX.

Here is some information you may want to know before speaking or meeting with him.

What is diarrhea?

Diarrhea is loose, watery stools that may occur frequently. When you are suffering from diarrhea, you'll find yourself visiting the bathroom several times a day and experience a greater volume of stool.

You should visit your Houston gastroenterologist if you experience:

  • Diarrhea that lasts more than two days
  • Dehydration
  • Severe abdominal or rectal pain
  • Bloody or black stools
  • A fever above 102 F

What we know:

Diarrhea can also be dangerous. Here are few facts according to the CDC:

  • It may cause death by causing dehydration.
     
  • Approximately 88% of diarrhea-associated deaths are due to unsanitary water and insufficient hygiene.
     
  • Diarrhea causes more deaths in children than malaria, measles, and AIDS all together.
     
  • Contamination may occur to your water, food or objects that you use in several ways:
     
    1. People and animals defecate in water that people use for drinking.
       
    2. People use unclean water when irrigating crops.
       
    3. People don't wash their hands before preparing food.
       
    4. People with contaminated hands touch objects, such as cooking utensils

Traveling Soon?

Diarrhea occurs anywhere, but here's a list of high-risk places,

  • Most of Asia (except for Japan)
  • Most of the Middle East
  • Africa
  • Mexico
  • Central and South America.

By visiting Dr. Jayanty, you can find the reason for your diarrhea. Whether it is a serious condition, or not, your gastroenterologist will help find you relief from diarrhea. Call (713) 932-9200 in Houston, TX today!

By Vikram S. Jayanty, M.D. PA
September 27, 2017
Tags: diarrhea  

Diarrhea isn't pleasant to talk about and even less pleasant to experience personally. You can't eat, you have stomach diarrheacramps and you make frequent trips to the bathroom. In short, diarrhea in Houston, TX puts your day-to-day routine on hold. What can you do? if this uncomfortable gastrointestinal condition persists for more than two days, contact board-certified gastroenterologist, Dr. Vikram Jayanty. His kind attitude and extensive expertise will uncover the causes for your condition and help you heal.

The symptoms of diarrhea

They become all too familiar to us at one time or other. In fact, most children and adults experience one to two bouts of diarrhea yearly. Symptoms include:

  • Very frequent, very watery stools
  • Abdominal cramping
  • Nausea
  • Sore rectal area
  • Dehydration
  • Loss of appetite

Usually, diarrhea from the flu or even food poisoning resolves within a day or two. However, if you have an accompanying fever, chills, bloody stools and persistent vomiting, consult Dr. Jayanty at his Houston office about your diarrhea.

Causes of diarrhea

They vary from a simple cold or flu and spoiled food to overly spicy foods and anxiety or stress. More serious sources of diarrhea include:

  • Irritable Bowel Syndrome, or IBS
  • Crohn's Disease, or ulcerative colitis
  • Celiac disease (sensitivity to gluten)
  • Lactose intolerance (when patients lack the enzyme which helps digest diary products)
  • Intestinal parasites
  • Allergies
  • Malabsorption related to advanced age or congenital defect

When a patient presents with symptoms of diarrhea, Dr. Jayanty performs a physical examination, takes a medical and prescription history and also listens carefully to the individual's complaints. His leading edge gastroenterology practice offers such diagnostic tests such as gastroscopy, endoscopy, colonoscopy, lactose and fructose intolerance testing, and more. The American Academy of Family Physicians says that a simple stool test can find hidden blood or parasites, helping the doctor hone in on possible causes for diarrhea.

Treatment for diarrhea

Dr. Jayanty offers these recommendations for simple cases of diarrhea. All of them aim to soothe the GI tract, hydrate and get you back to your normal routines.

Recommendations include:

  1. Clear liquids such as water, broth, sports drinks, Jello and juices (no pulp).
  2. Advancement of diet to bland foods such as rice, bananas, and dry toast.
  3. Taking antibiotics and/or over the counter anti-diarrhea medications such as Kaopectate and Immodium as appropriate
  4. Avoiding offending foods that have a high spice, fiber, dairy, gluten or caffeine content.

You can feel better

Dr. Jayanty can help. For more information on diarrhea or other GI conditions, please call the office in Houston, TX for an appointment. Phone (713) 932-9200.

By Vikram S. Jayanty
November 24, 2014
Category: Health
Tags: diarrhea  

While this might not exactly be a conversation to have at the dinner table, if you’ve been dealing with diarrhea for a while now then it’s certainly time to have that conversation with your doctor. You most certainly want to figure out what’s causing this annoying problem. Usually this problem is due to a virus within the gut that lasts only a couple of days. This infection is often nicknamed the “stomach flu” (even though it has nothing to do with the influenza virus). However, there are other factors that can also cause diarrhea:

  • Bacterial infections (this causes the majority of food poisoning)
  • Being infected by other organisms or parasites
  • Foods that irritate your digestive tract (e.g., fried or spicy foods)
  • Food allergies
  • Certain medications (e.g. antibiotics, antidepressants)
  • Intestinal diseases (e.g. Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis)
  • Hyperthyroidism
  • Diabetes
  • Alcohol abuse
  • Certain cancers (e.g. colon cancer, lymphoma)

How do you treat diarrhea?

Most mild cases will clear up on its own; however, you could treat it with over-the-counter medications such as Pepto-Bismol or Imodium A-D. Just make sure to follow the medication’s instructions exactly as it’s written.

While in the throes of treatment, we recommend that you stay hydrated. This means getting at least 48 ounces of fluid each day. Fruit juices, chicken broth, sports drinks and water will keep you hydrated throughout the day. Also, try drinking these liquids between meals rather than during.

When should I call my doctor?

There are times when over-the-counter medications just don’t do the trick. If you’ve been dealing with ongoing diarrhea then it’s time to give us a call. Infants, the elderly and those who are already sick may not be able to replace the fluids lost from diarrhea, and should see a doctor. If you’ve had diarrhea for several weeks or see blood, this could also be a sign of a more serious illness. If in doubt, call your Houston gastroenterologist immediately.