Occasional diarrhea is usually nothing to worry about, but if you have recurrent episodes of diarrhea, it may be the first sign of an underlying health issue. At Eisenman & Eisenman, M.D., Advanced Gastro Consultants in Lake Worth, Florida, the team can identify the cause of your diarrhea. They also provide comprehensive care and resources to treat and prevent diarrhea, dehydration, and other related complications. Call the office to schedule an evaluation for chronic diarrhea or book a diagnostic assessment online now.
Diarrhea is a condition where your stools become loose and watery. When you have diarrhea that lasts less than two weeks, it’s considered acute diarrhea.
This condition is generally harmless and occurs due to viruses. Severe diarrhea usually resolves on its own with rest, diet changes, and home care.
If you have persistent diarrhea that lasts longer than two weeks, you may have an underlying condition that needs evaluation as soon as possible. Possible causes of chronic diarrhea include:
You may also develop chronic diarrhea if you have dietary intolerances or if you frequently use medications, like antibiotics.
When you have chronic, unexplained diarrhea, your Eisenman & Eisenman, M.D., Advanced Gastro Consultants doctor reviews your medical history and discusses your other symptoms to determine the possible cause.
For acute diarrhea, your Eisenman & Eisenman, M.D., Advanced Gastro Consultants doctor can recommend dietary changes, such as eating broths and drinking plenty of water for 1-2 days to resolve diarrhea to prevent dehydration. You may also benefit from over-the-counter or prescription antidiarrheal medications and vitamin supplements for acute or chronic diarrhea.
If you have chronic diarrhea because of an underlying gastrointestinal condition, your physician creates a treatment plan to resolve your diarrhea and get to the root cause.
Find out more about your options for treating diarrhea by calling Eisenman & Eisenman, M.D., Advanced Gastro Consultants today, or by requesting an appointment online now.