Diarrhea is a very common digestive issue that has a number of causes, including virus contact, dehydration, or an upset stomach due to diet or as a side effect of medication. Depending on the cause and severity, diarrhea will usually clear up on its own or with the help of over-the-counter medication. However, if diarrhea symptoms are chronic or severe, it may be a sign of a more serious issue that requires medical treatment. Dr. Vikram Jayanty, a gastroenterologist in Houston, TX, offers a range of diagnostic and treatment options for digestive illnesses and disorders.
Heartburn Diagnosis and Treatment in Houston, TX
Stomach viruses like Norwalk and rotavirus, which can be highly contagious, are a common cause of diarrhea. Many travelers to foreign countries have also experienced what is commonly known as travelers diarrhea, which results from consuming water contaminated with a parasite or bacteria.
Other common causes of diarrhea include:
When Should You See a Doctor for Diarrhea?
Although most cases of diarrhea are typically not serious, chronic or prolonged diarrhea can lead to severe dehydration, especially for young infants, elderly adults, or people with weakened immune systems or underlying health problems. Diarrhea accompanied by other symptoms can also be a sign of an issue that requires medical attention. See a doctor if you or your child have diarrhea that lasts for more than two to three days, you have signs of dehydration, or additional symptoms like fever, abdominal pain, or black/bloody stool.
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For more information about the causes, prevention, and treatment tips for heartburn and other digestive issues and symptoms, contact our office today by calling (713) 932-9200 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Jayanty.