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By Comprehensive Digestive Institute of Nevada
May 22, 2020
Category: Gastroenterology
Tags: Diarrhea  

Find out what might be causing this frustrating and uncomfortable issue.

When diarrhea shows up, it’s often during the worst of times: while in the middle of a meeting, at the gym or on a date. Diarrhea certainly won’t wait for the most opportune time. So if you find yourself spending more time than usual in the bathroom you may be wondering what’s going on. Here are some common causes of diarrhea and when you should visit one of our Henderson and Las Vegas gastroenterologists for a proper diagnosis.

What’s going on with your GI tract? Well, it might just be:

  • Bacterial infections (E. coli; salmonella)
  • Gastroenteritis
  • Food poisoning
  • Lactose intolerance and other kinds of food allergies (e.g. celiac disease)
  • Medications (e.g. blood pressure medication)
  • Stress
  • Colitis
  • Crohn’s disease
  • Colon polyps
  • Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)
  • Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD)
  • Diabetes
  • Pancreatitis
  • Diverticulitis
  • Hyperthyroidism (an overactive thyroid)

There are so many different issues, from minor and self-limiting to chronic conditions, that could be causing your symptoms. There are some measures you can take to help ease your symptoms such as:

  • Stay hydrated (drinking water is particularly important when you have diarrhea)
  • Stay away from foods that are acidic and spicy (stick to foods that are a bit blander for the time being and slowly reincorporate other foods back into your diet)
  • Make sure to always wash your hands

In most cases, diarrhea will clear up on its own. Of course, you may also be wondering when you should turn to one of our Henderson and Las Vegas GI doctors for a proper diagnosis and treatment. If you haven’t noticed relief from your diarrhea within two day, it’s best to give us a call. We can determine whether you should come into our office for care. You should also give us a call immediately if:

  • You have a fever that’s over 101.3 degrees F
  • You have black stools
  • There is blood in the stool
  • You are experiencing signs of dehydration
  • You also have sudden or several abdominal pain

Don’t let gastrointestinal upset affect your life. If you are dealing with symptoms that you just can’t seem to tackle on your own, then call Comprehensive Digestive Institute of Nevada in Henderson and Las Vegas. We know how to prevent, manage and treat a full spectrum of GI problems.

By Comprehensive Digestive Institute of Nevada
November 30, 2018
Tags: Diarrhea  

Dealing with diarrhea? Visit our gastroenterologists to find out what might be causing it.

While we might not like talking about it, all of us will deal with diarrhea at some point during our lifetime. Of course, it’s important to be ableDiarrhea to recognize when it will go away on its own or when you’ll need to visit one of our Las Vegas gastroenterologists for additional treatment.

 

What could be causing my diarrhea?

There are many conditions, viruses, or situations that can lead to a bout of diarrhea. Common causes include,

  • Viral infections
  • Bacterial infections (e.g. salmonella; E. coli)
  • Parasites
  • An intestinal disorder
  • Food allergies or food intolerance
  • Gallbladder issues
  • Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD)
  • Certain medications

Some of these problems cause only acute bouts, which will go away over time; however, there are other issues such as an inflammatory bowel disease that could lead to chronic or severe diarrhea.

 

What are the symptoms?

Along with diarrhea, you may experience other symptoms, as well. Sometimes these other symptoms can clue you in as to what might be causing your diarrhea. Other symptoms include,

  • Bloating
  • Cramping
  • Abdominal pain or discomfort
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Fever
  • Blood in the stool

 

When should I see a doctor?

Many times, diarrhea will just go away on its own without ever needing medical attention. Of course, it’s also important to know when you will need to turn to one of our Las Vegas GI doctors for treatment. You should schedule an appointment with us if,

  • Your diarrhea is severe
  • You are experiencing signs of dehydration
  • Your diarrhea lasts more than 2 days or gets worse
  • You have severe abdominal or rectal pain
  • You develop sores in the mouth
  • Your diarrhea is bloody or black
  • You have a fever over 102 degrees F
  • You are unexpectedly and suddenly losing weight

Don’t ignore these symptoms. It’s better to play it safe and to visit a specialist who will be able to figure out what’s going on and create a treatment plan that will get your bowel health back on track.

 

Comprehensive Digestive Institute of Nevada is here to help you address any and all of your gastrointestinal issues. If you are having issues with diarrhea or changes in your bowel habits, then call our Las Vegas office today to schedule an evaluation: (702) 483-4483