Digestive Disease Consultants of Orange County
Gastroenterologists located in Irvine, CA & Other Orange County Locations
You may develop diarrhea due to a minor virus or mild food poisoning, but it usually resolves within a few days. Chronic diarrhea should be of concern though. At Digestive Disease Consultants of Orange County, the team of expert gastroenterologists at offices in Irvine, Huntington Beach, Tustin, and Foothill Ranch, California, can evaluate your digestive system and determine the root cause of your diarrhea. If you have concerns about diarrhea, call one of the offices or schedule using the online tool.
What causes diarrhea?
The loose, watery stools associated with diarrhea may occur due to a mild infection or foodborne illness. This type of diarrhea resolves pretty readily on its own, sometimes with the help of over-the-counter medications.
If you have diarrhea that lasts more than a day or two, it may be due to:
- Certain medications, antacids, and antibiotics
- Food intolerances, such as lactose intolerance
- Autoimmune conditions, such as celiac disease or Crohn’s disease
- Problems with colon function, such as irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)
Diarrhea can also occur when you travel abroad, which is known as traveler’s diarrhea. Usually, it’s due to eating contaminated food or drinking contaminated water. If you’re planning a trip, consult with the team at Digestive Disease Consultants of Orange County for preventive tips.
Diarrhea can be accompanied by cramps and abdominal pain. You may have sudden urges to visit the restroom and even lose bowel control. Fever or chills with diarrhea suggests a viral or bacterial cause.
When should I see a gastroenterologist about diarrhea?
Even in acute cases of diarrhea, dehydration can result. Children and people with compromised immune systems can suffer serious complications and may need to see a general care practitioner in these cases.
The team at Digestive Disease Consultants of Orange County is available when diarrhea seems to be a result of something other than the basic stomach flu.
Seek specialized care if you have:
- Stools containing blood or pus
- Severe pain in your abdomen or rectum
- Diarrhea that persists for more than a few days
- Tarry or black stools
If your diarrhea occurs regularly after eating certain foods, note this during your appointment at Digestive Disease Consultants of Orange County.
How is the cause of diarrhea diagnosed?
Your doctor at Digestive Disease Consultants of Orange County does a comprehensive physical exam and checks your medical and medication history to help determine the cause of your diarrhea.
You will likely undergo a stool check to look for bacteria or parasites, as well as screening tests, such as a colonoscopy or endoscopy, to examine your intestines and look for signs of disease.
Treatment for your condition depends on the cause of your diarrhea.
If you need evaluation and treatment for diarrhea, call Digestive Disease Consultants of Orange County or schedule an appointment using the online tool.
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