What Causes Diarrhea?
August 16, 2017
Category: Gastroenterology
Tags: Diarrhea  

Find out what could be causing this rather embarrassing problem and how you can treat it.Diarrhea
Diarrhea happens to almost everyone at some point in their lives. Most of the time it will run its course in a day or two. Of course, there are some situations when symptom may stick around longer than you had hoped.
Some of the most common causes of diarrhea include:

  • Viral gastroenteritis
  • Bacterial infection (e.g. food poisoning)
  • Medications
  • Hyperthyroidism (overactive thyroid)
  • Stress
  • Food Sensitivities
  • Inflammatory bowel syndrome (e.g. ulcerative colitis; Crohn’s disease)
  • Alcohol abuse
  • Radiation therapy

Your primary care provider can help you manage the majority of diarrheal causes. If your diarrhea continues, or additional symptoms like abdominal pain occur, a gastroenterology consultation may be needed.
How is diarrhea treated?
Mild symptoms are usually well managed with over-the-counter medications. Your primary care provider may also consider additional medications, lab or radiology testing in certain circumstances.
Remember to continue to drink liquids throughout the day to stay hydrated.
If your symptoms continue your primary care provider may refer you to GI Associates. Prior to your appointment, we will gather information from your primary care provider’s office about treatments and testing have already been performed.  We will ask you questions about your symptoms and, from there, decide what additional diagnostic tests may be needed.
If underlying conditions such as Celiac or Crohn’s disease are suspected, we may recommend an endoscopy procedure be performed.  
From there we can work with you to manage your symptoms through daily lifestyle changes and certain medications.
GI Associates in Wausau, WI, is committed to providing the very best in gastrointestinal care. If you are experiencing any changes or digestive health concerns, please call our office to make an appointment. Our board certified gastroenterologists are here to help.
For your convenience, we offer services in a Wausau, Stevens Point, Antigo, Rhinelander, Woodruff and Eagle River.