Diarrhea Treatment Specialist in Broadway NYC
Are you experiencing bloating, blood in stool, indigestion, nausea, dehydration, or loss of appetite? These are the common signs of diarrhea and if left untreated, may lead to a serious condition. Visit our clinic for treatment. We are located at 233 Broadway Suite 2750 (between Park Place and Barclay St), New York, NY 10279. Contact us for more information, or request an appointment online.
Table of Contents:
What are the symptoms of diarrhea?
How do you know if it’s a stomach virus or food poisoning?
What is good to stop diarrhea in adults?
What infections cause watery diarrhea?
We are all familiar with the uncomfortable sensation of loose, watery bowel movements, a condition known as diarrhea. Diarrhea is characterized by an urgent need to defecate, as well as a watery stool. This is often a symptom of sicknesses, such as the flu or food poisoning, but can also be a condition on its own. Diarrhea does not always need medical treatment, but certain situations do require the attention of a medical professional, including recurring cases of diarrhea.
Signs and symptoms associated with diarrhea include:
– Loose, watery stools
– Abdominal cramps or pain
– Blood in the stool
– Mucus in the stool
– Urgent need to have a bowel movement
Fortunately, diarrhea is usually short-lived, lasting no longer than a few days. However, if diarrhea persists, lasting weeks, it may be a sign of an underlying medical problem, such as celiac disease, inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), or persistent infection. It is important to see a doctor if you experience any of the following symptoms alongside diarrhea:
– Does not improve after two days
– Severe abdominal or rectal pain
– Bloody or black stools
– Fever above 102ºF
A stomach virus is a viral infection that affects the digestive system; this is also known as viral gastroenteritis. Food poisoning is caused by contaminated food that has spoiled, been unhygienically prepared, or has been corrupted in any way. Food poisoning is most commonly caused by bacteria, but it can also be caused by viruses, and less commonly parasites.
The symptoms of a stomach virus include:
– Diarrhea that may be watery or bloody
– A loss of appetite
– Nausea or vomiting
– Stomach cramps, muscle aches, or weakness
– Low-grade fever
– Light-headedness or dizziness
The symptoms of food poisoning include:
– Watery or bloody diarrhea
– Stomach pain and cramping
– A fever, chills, and body aches
– Dizziness and lightheadedness from dehydration
In adults, diarrhea is very common, and it can also be frustrating having to make urgent bathroom breaks all too frequently. Fortunately, there are a number of home remedies that can stop diarrhea and lessen its symptoms. These include:
Hydration — Staying properly hydrated is one of the best defenses against diarrhea. This works doubly, as it prevents diarrhea from causing dehydration, and also lessens diarrhea symptoms.
Probiotics — Good bacteria, known as probiotics, work in the intestinal tract to aid in digestion and create a healthy gut environment. Sources of probiotics include: aged soft cheeses; beet kvass; cottage cheese; dark chocolate; green olives; kefir; kimchi; kombucha; sauerkraut; miso; natto; pickles; sourdough bread; tempeh; and yogurt.
Foods to Eat — Certain foods can actually ameliorate diarrhea symptoms and prevent one’s health from worsening. These include bananas, white rice, applesauce and toast.
Foods to Avoid — On the contrary, some foods can actually exacerbate symptoms and make diarrhea worse, including alcohol, beans, artificial sweeteners, coffee, tea, milk, peppers and corn.
The following types of infections can cause watery diarrhea:
Viruses that can cause watery diarrhea include:
Bacteria that can cause watery stools are:
– Escherichia coli (E. coli)
– Clostridium Difficile
Parasites that can cause watery stools:
-Cryptosporidiosis is caused by microscopic parasites
– Cyclosporiasis is caused by the parasite Cyclospora cayetanensis
– Giardia (also called giardiasis) is caused by the parasite Giardia lamblia
If you or someone you love is experiencing diarrhea, the professionals at Vanguard Gastroenterology can help you find relief. Contact us today or book an appointment online with our diarrhea treatment specialist, or visit our clinic conveniently located at 233 Broadway, Suite 2750 (between Park Place and Barclay Street), New York, NY 10279. We serve patients from New York NY, Queens NY, Brooklyn NY, The Bronx NY, East Elmhurst NY, Ridgewood NY, Valley Stream NY, and Staten Island NY. We look forward to serving you!