Is chronic diarrhea serious ? How do you get rid of chronic diarrhoea ?What does chronic diarrhea indicate ?Please read the blog and educate yourself .
Chronic Diarrhoea is a condition wherein a person has abnormal stool frequency, consistency (Vis-a-Vis) normal stool pattern lasting for more than 4 weeks.
Chronic diarrhoea can be because of many causes , as simple as infection, drugs to other complicated conditions like inflammatory/autoimmune, food intolerance, celiac disease . It can also be indicative of more sinister diseases like cancer( carcinoma , lymphoma, etc)
If you are experiencing chronic diarrhea, it is important to consult a healthcare professional for proper diagnosis and treatment. The best person to consult for chronic diarrhea depends on the underlying cause of the condition and your overall health.
Primary care physician: Your primary care physician can perform a physical examination and take a detailed medical history to help determine the cause of your diarrhea. They can also rule out any serious underlying medical conditions, and they can refer you to a specialist if needed.
Gastroenterologist: A gastroenterologist is a specialist in the treatment of conditions of the digestive system, including diarrhea. They can perform diagnostic tests such as colonoscopy, endoscopy and stool analysis to determine the cause of your diarrhea and recommend appropriate treatment.
Infectious disease specialist: If your diarrhea is caused by an infection, an infectious disease specialist can help determine the cause of the infection and recommend appropriate treatment.
Dietitian: A dietitian can help you plan a diet that is appropriate for your condition and that can help alleviate your symptoms.
It is important to see a healthcare provider as soon as possible if you have chronic diarrhea, especially if it is accompanied by other symptoms such as severe abdominal pain, blood in the stool, or significant weight loss. These symptoms could indicate a serious underlying condition.
The author of this blog, Dr Santhosh Kumar is a gastroenterologist
practising in Bangalore. To contact the doctor click here
MBBS MD DNB is a Gastroenterologist, hepatologist and therapeutic endoscopist practicing in Bangalore.