Diarrhea in Washington
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What is diarrhea?
Diarrhea is loose, watery bowel movements that typically occur more often than usual. Experiencing loose stools three or more times a day is considered diarrhea. Typically, diarrhea only lasts for a short amount of time, but diarrhea that lasts longer may indicate a much more severe condition. Diarrhea can, in some cases, be treated with home remedies. The most important thing to do is to consume adequate fluids to replenish the fluids lost during watery bowel movements. You can also incorporate bananas, rice, applesauce, and toast into your diet. If you suspect you could have a virus or bacteria, antivirals or antibiotics may be prescribed. Additionally, you can use OTC medications with your specialist's supervision. However, some conditions, diseases, and cancers manifest, in part, through diarrhea. These conditions include Crohn's, colon cancer, and irritable bowel syndrome. Conditions such as these are why it is important to not self-diagnose and to consult a provider if severe diarrhea occurs. It is important to know that you are not alone and that treatment for diarrhea in Washington is available. You can connect with a local gastrointestinal specialist by contacting your local Washington Gastroenterology.
What causes diarrhea?
Diarrhea is an extremely common digestive health condition. Nearly all of us have dealt with loose or watery bowel movements due to stressful times, eating bad food, or taking a new medication. But, occasionally, diarrhea can let you know something more serious is occurring in your body. Below is a list of possible conditions or habits that can lead to diarrhea:
- Intolerance to lactose
- Difficulty digesting fructose
- Runner’s diarrhea
- An overactive thyroid
- Malabsorption (difficulty absorbing certain nutrients)
- Abuse of laxatives
- Therapy involving radiation
- Bacteria and parasites from contaminated water or food
- Alcohol abuse
- Artificial sweeteners in your diet
- Surgery (sometimes abdominal and gallbladder removal surgeries can cause diarrhea)
When should I visit a gastroenterologist for diarrhea?
When your diarrhea becomes serious, contact a GI specialist at Washington Gastroenterology without delay. Some signs of severe diarrhea may include:
- Diarrhea in conjunction with fever
- Diarrhea that persists longer than two days
- Dark urine combined with diarrhea
- Severe stomach pain
- Vomiting accompanied by diarrhea
- Diarrhea after traveling to a foreign country
Should any of these issues arise, it is essential that you receive professional assistance. It is always better to be safe than sorry. If you think you should speak with a gastroenterologist regarding diarrhea, please do not hesitate to do so. Our experts routinely provide treatment for diarrhea in Washington.
Diarrhea may be a symptom of something serious
While most individuals experience occasional diarrhea during their lifetime, it can indicate a more serious medical condition. If you or a family member are suffering from frequent diarrhea along with other uncomfortable GI symptoms, it might be time to consult a gastroenterologist to evaluate your symptoms. You can connect with a gastroenterologist at Washington Gastroenterology. If you are experiencing worrisome GI symptoms or need treatment for diarrhea in Washington, call our local office to get in touch with a GI specialist in your community right away.
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