Diarrhea occurs as a symptom of many diseases, including Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis. Northern Medical Group Gastroenterology Division treats patients with diarrhea along with the underlying causes at their offices in Poughkeepsie, Fishkill, and Highland, New York. If you’re concerned about frequent diarrhea, call the team today to schedule an appointment or request a visit online.
Diarrhea is loose, watery bowel movements that occur three or more times in one day. Acute diarrhea is a common problem that lasts for a day or two and resolves without doctor intervention. Chronic diarrhea lasting four weeks or more, either consecutively or sporadically, can be a symptom of chronic disease. Schedule an appointment with the team at Northern Medical Group Gastroenterology Division if you have chronic diarrhea symptoms.
The common causes of diarrhea include:
Diarrhea can occur with no known cause. If diarrhea goes away within a few days without medical intervention, finding the cause is not necessary. If not, call Northern Medical Group Gastroenterology Division today to get a thorough examination, restoring your health and your peace of mind.
Besides having loose, watery bowel movements three times a day or more, if you have diarrhea, the unpleasant symptoms may include:
Left untreated, diarrhea causes dehydration. Dehydration is a serious condition for people with weakened immune systems, children, and older adults. If your diarrhea lasts more than a couple of days, call the experts at Northern Medical Group Gastroenterology Division to rule out the possibility of a more serious problem and to ensure you are not becoming dehydrated.
You should see a doctor if you experience any of the following:
Diarrhea can become dangerous or be a symptom of a more serious problem, so you should carefully monitor your symptoms and reach out to your doctor if you experience any of the above signs.
The team of board-certified gastroenterologists at Northern Medical Group Gastroenterology Division provides customized treatments to address the underlying cause of your symptoms.
For example, the doctors might prescribe antibiotics to help you fight off any infections or parasites that contribute to your symptoms. They may also recommend medications to address issues like irritable bowel syndrome, Crohn’s disease, or ulcerative colitis.
You might also benefit from dietary adjustments and supplementary probiotics to reduce inflammation and heal your digestive tract, preventing further diarrhea symptoms.
Call Northern Medical Group Gastroenterology Division today or make an appointment online if you have chronic, disruptive diarrhea.