Diarrhea Specialist

Fifth Avenue GI

Gastroenterologists located in Upper East Side, New York, NY

Diarrhea strikes nearly everyone at some point, but if it becomes severe and chronic, prompt medical attention is crucial. The gastroenterology team at Fifth Avenue GI in East Harlem/Upper East Side, New York, regularly treats patients for diarrhea-causing conditions such as irritable bowel syndrome, celiac disease, Crohn's disease, and other gastrointestinal issues. By addressing the cause of diarrhea, patients can be free from the misery.

Diarrhea Q & A

Fifth Avenue GI

What are the symptoms of diarrhea?

The main sign of diarrhea is very soft or liquid stools. However, other symptoms are often present at the same time. These can include:

  • Abdominal cramps, particularly in the lower abdomen
  • Bloating, especially in the lower abdomen
  • Traces of blood in stools
  • Vomiting
  • Nausea
  • Weakness, especially after repeatedly emptying the bowels

What are the most common causes of diarrhea?

Diarrhea can happen for many different reasons. These include:

  • Viruses
  • Bacterial infections like those that occur in diverticulitis
  • Irritable bowel syndrome
  • Celiac disease
  • Crohn's disease
  • Food allergies

When should you see the gastroenterologist about diarrhea?

If your diarrhea has become a chronic issue — for example, if it happens a few times a week every single week — you may be dealing with a gastrointestinal illness.

If you're suffering from a gastrointestinal problem like diverticulitis, you need help and support to get the illness under control and therefore to eliminate diarrhea. It's important to see your Fifth Avenue GI gastroenterologist as soon as you realize that diarrhea has become a chronic issue for you.

What is the treatment for diarrhea?

Diarrhea treatment at Fifth Avenue GI varies widely, depending on the patient. Diarrhea has various potential causes, so the priority is determining why it's happening.

Your gastroenterologist discusses your symptoms with you in detail and reviews your medical history to look for clues about why diarrhea happens. Based on the suspected problem, diagnostic testing may include the following.

  • CAT scan
  • X-ray
  • Barium enema X-ray
  • Colonoscopy
  • Flexible sigmoidoscopy

When the diagnostic testing is complete, your Fifth Avenue GI gastroenterologist will design a treatment plan.

Your treatment may center around dietary and lifestyle changes, especially when the less severe gastrointestinal issues are causing diarrhea. You may also benefit from medications such as antibiotics when a bacterial infection causes diarrhea.

Although it's rare, certain conditions such as severe Crohn's disease may require surgery. After surgical correction, your diarrhea is unlikely to return.

Are you frustrated with chronic diarrhea and want to find out why it's happening? The Fifth Avenue GI team can help. Make an appointment now using the online tool, or call us by phone to arrange a visit.