Diarrhea Gastroenterologist NYC (GI Doctor)

Diarrhea refers to a bowel movement composed of loose, watery stools. If you have diarrhea, you will likely suffer more frequent trips to the bathroom than usual. Diarrhea is not a serious problem and it usually goes away on its own, but you should drink plenty of liquids, especially water, while you have it. For prolonged cases of diarrhea, you should seek medical attention from a gastroenterologist immediately. Diarrhea used to be one of the leading causes of death in the U.S. because if left untreated, it can lead to serious dehydration.

Diarrhea usually lasts only a day or two. If it lasts longer than that, you should see a GI doctor like Dr. Khodadadian. It can signal a condition such as irritable bowel syndrome or inflammatory bowel disease.

Symptoms of Diarrhea

Most everyone knows what diarrhea looks like and feels like. Frequent loose or watery bowel movements are no fun. In a serious case of diarrhea, the symptoms you can expect include:

  • Abdominal pain
  • Bloating
  • Bloody or black-colored stools
  • Cramping
  • Dehydration
  • Dizziness
  • Fever above 102° F (39° C)
  • Little or dark-colored urine
  • Rectal pain
  • Vomiting

If you experience any of these symptoms with diarrhea, make sure you get plenty of fluids and come in to see Dr. Khodadadian.

Causes of Diarrhea

There are many causes of diarrhea. Underlying them all is your body’s inability to absorb the water from food and fluid as they pass through your colon, which results in the loose, watery stools. This can be due to the type or quantity of food you eat or because of an illness in your digestive tract. Here are the most common causes of diarrhea:

  • Bacteria or parasites from contaminated, spoiled or undercooked food (usually meats and dairy products)
  • Contaminated water (often in a developing country)
  • Viruses from unwashed surfaces or personal contact with infected individuals
  • Antibiotics that indiscriminately kill bacteria, creating the possibility of infection
  • Other medications, like some cancer drugs, blood pressure drugs and antacids
  • Lactose intolerance
  • Fructose intolerance
  • Intolerance for certain artificial sweeteners
  • Previous abdominal surgery, such as to remove your gallbladder
  • Chronic digestive diseases such as Crohn’s disease, celiac disease, diabetes, ulcerative colitis, hyperthyroidism, Addison’s disease, irritable bowel syndrome, microscopic colitis, chronic pancreatitis or inflammatory bowel disease

Diagnosing Diarrhea

If you’re experiencing severe diarrhea, Dr. Khodadadian wants to find out what’s causing it so he can treat it properly. When you come in for a visit to his office on the Upper East Side, he’ll give you a physical exam. He also will review your medical history and any recent changes in your diet. If you’re taking any medications, whether prescription or over-the-counter, please tell him. If necessary, he will collect blood, urine and/or stool samples for further analysis.

Treating Diarrhea

If your diarrhea lasts longer than a couple days, you may need treatment. Treatment options include:

  • Addressing an underlying medical problem, such as inflammatory bowel disease, which only a gastroenterologist can resolve
  • Adjusting your medications
  • Antibiotics
  • Avoiding dairy until you are well again
  • Changing your diet
  • Replacing lost fluid, either orally or intravenously
  • Restoring electrolyte balance

Important Reminder: This information is only intended to provide guidance, not definitive medical advice. Please consult a doctor about your specific condition. Only a trained, experienced gastroenterologists  like Dr. Khodadadian can determine an accurate diagnosis and proper treatment for your case of diarrhea.

As a best in class NYC gastroenterologist, Dr. Shawn Khodadadian provides highly personalized and comprehensive care. His philosophy regarding the doctor/patient relationship is based on trust and has earned him one of the most respected reputations in NYC.

For more information about the GI conditions we treat, including treatment & diagnosis of diarrhea, or to schedule a consultation with the GI doctor, Dr. Shawn Khodadidan, please contact our NYC office.

Dr. Shawn Khodadadian
Manhattan Gastroenterology
983 Park Ave, Ste 1D
New York, NY 10028
(212) 427.8761