Diarrhea Specialist

PrimeMD

Primary Care Practice & Pain Management located in Lancaster, Lancaster, OH & Westerville, OH

Most people experience diarrhea from time to time, but if you struggle with severe or long-lasting diarrhea and want relief, turn to PrimeMD, with locations in North Columbus, Newark, Lancaster, Westerville, Kenton, Marion, Wilmington, Dublin, and New Albany, Ohio. The team of specialists offers treatments for diarrhea to eliminate loose stools as quickly as possible. Call the nearest office to schedule an appointment or book one online today.

Diarrhea Q & A

What is diarrhea?

Diarrhea, otherwise known as loose or watery stools, is a common condition that can develop because of a virus, gastrointestinal problems, or other issues. You may also have vomiting, nausea, or abdominal pain with diarrhea. While common, you may need medical intervention for severe or long-lasting diarrhea.

What are the symptoms of diarrhea?

If you have diarrhea, you may notice some of the following signs and symptoms:

  • Loose stools
  • Watery stools
  • Frequent bowel movements
  • Abdominal cramping or pain
  • Bloating
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Fever
  • Mucus in your stool
  • Blood in your stool
  • Urgent need for bowel movements

Dehydration is a complication that can develop with diarrhea, and become serious when left untreated. Seek help at the first sign of dehydration, which can cause thirst, less frequent urination, fatigue, and dark-colored urine.

What can cause diarrhea?

The cause of diarrhea isn’t always known, but common risk factors include:

  • Bacteria
  • Viruses
  • Parasites
  • Food intolerances
  • Some medications
  • Artificial sweeteners
  • Fructose
  • Some surgeries
  • Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)
  • Celiac disease
  • Other digestive problems

The experts at PrimeMD find the root cause of diarrhea to offer the best treatment for your condition.

How does my doctor diagnose the cause of diarrhea?

To figure out what’s causing diarrhea, your provider discusses your symptoms and medical history. They also check your vital signs and complete a physical exam. 

Your specialist might suggest you undergo blood tests, stool tests, breath tests, upper endoscopy, sigmoidoscopy, colonoscopy, or other diagnostic procedures that offer a more in-depth picture of your gastrointestinal health.

What are the common treatments for diarrhea?

Often, diarrhea goes away on its own within a few days without treatment. In other cases, however, your doctor could recommend:

Diet changes

Changing your diet, especially if you have a GI issue, can reduce bouts of diarrhea or make them much less severe. 

Dietary supplements

Sometimes, certain dietary supplements can reduce the number of days your diarrhea lasts.

Medications

Your provider may suggest you take certain medications to reduce diarrhea and its severity. They could recommend making changes to your current medication regimen if needed.

Fluid replacement

Hydration to replace fluids and electrolytes is sometimes needed to help you recover from dehydration associated with diarrhea. Your specialist can insert a tiny needle into your arm to administer fluids and nutrients. 

Treating underlying causes

If you have a GI disorder, your PrimeMD provider works with you to personalize a treatment plan. They may refer you to a gastroenterologist if necessary to ensure the best outcome. 

If you struggle with diarrhea that’s severe or long-lasting, or you have diarrhea along with other symptoms, schedule an appointment with PrimeMD by phone or online today.