Diarrhea isn’t the most pleasant subject to talk about, but it can be a part of daily life for individuals with GI conditions. But is diarrhea simply an embarrassing symptom or is it a sign that you need medical help? If you suffer from chronic digestive issues, a doctor can help diagnose your condition and control your symptoms. Keep reading to learn when to call a doctor about diarrhea.
Most people experience mild diarrhea from time to time, which includes symptoms like loose, watery stools, nausea, and stomach pains. For these people, the symptoms might last for a couple of days and do not usually indicate a health problem. Chronic diarrhea (symptoms that last for more than several weeks) are a cause for concern, as are symptoms like blood in the stools, fever, and weight changes.
Conditions That Can Cause Diarrhea
Chronic diarrhea is important to discuss with your doctor as a variety of conditions can cause this problem. Stomach bugs and food poisoning can cause acute cases of diarrhea, but chronic problems might indicate Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS), Chron’s Disease, Ulcerative Colitis, malabsorption issues or food allergies, or even a chronic infection.
Talking to a Doctor
Diarrhea is uncomfortable and embarrassing. Fortunately, there are doctors who can help you manage your symptoms and treat any underlying conditions. To speak with a GI expert about your diarrhea, call the Gastroenterology Diagnostic Center at 281-357-1977.