Diarrhea Specialist

Texas Gastroenterology Associates

Gastroenterologists located in Tomball, TX

There’s no need to be embarrassed about bringing up the subject of diarrhea with Maninder Guram, MD. As a gastroenterologist, he cares for patients with diarrhea on a regular basis, so your touchy subject is routine for him. At Texas Gastroenterology Associates, in Tomball, Texas, Dr. Guram helps you discover the cause of your diarrhea and guides you to treat it with anti-diarrheal medication and improved lifestyle habits. If you’re looking for a doctor to treat your ongoing diarrhea, make an appointment with Dr. Guram.

Diarrhea Q & A

Texas Gastroenterology Associates

What causes diarrhea?

The most common causes of diarrhea include:

  • Virus
  • Intestinal problems
  • Food poisoning
  • Reaction to medication
  • Food sensitivity

Sometimes, diarrhea is a symptom of a more serious underlying condition. Environmental factors, like toxin exposure, or diseases, such as hyperthyroidism or colon cancer, can also cause diarrhea.

What should I try at home first?

Because your body is losing fluids, it’s important to drink plenty of water to avoid dehydration. If you’re able to eat, it’s best to eat mild, bland foods such as crackers, toast, and oatmeal. Coffee, dairy, and fruit may upset your stomach even more so try to avoid those.

Over-the-counter anti-diarrheal medications may help ease some of your discomfort. Thickening agents, such as psyllium, help bulk up your stool. Medications like Imodium® A-D and Pepto Diarrhea Control slow the intestinal spasms that contribute to diarrhea. Probiotics help restore balance to your gut bacteria.

When should I see a doctor?

Diarrhea is usually a temporary nuisance. If diarrhea lasts longer than two days or becomes more severe, make an appointment with Dr. Guram. You should also call Texas Gastroenterology Associates if the following symptoms accompany your diarrhea:

  • Severe pain
  • Black or bloody stool
  • High fever
  • Dehydration

If you have intestinal problems such as IBS or Crohn’s disease, get in touch with Dr. Guram, as diarrhea may indicate a disease flare.

How does my doctor treat diarrhea?

Your treatment plan would look entirely different if you have irritable bowel disease or pancreatitis, so it’s important for Dr. Guram to use his diagnostic expertise to identify the cause.

Treatment for diarrhea depends on the underlying cause. If Dr. Guram determines that you have an infection, he might treat the infection with antibiotics.

If you have chronic diarrhea that’s not attributable to another condition, work with Dr. Guram to determine and avoid your triggers.

You may find that something you eat causes your digestive troubles or that exercise improves your symptoms. Dr. Guram can help you pinpoint dietary deficiencies and recommend supplements to help your symptoms, such as fiber and probiotics.

Diarrhea is a difficult subject to bring up with your doctor, but Dr. Guram takes a compassionate approach with his patients. Don’t hesitate to call or book an appointment online to get treatment for your ailment.