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Chronic Diarrhea

Chronic diarrhea is an ongoing condition of having loose and wattery stools (commonly few times per day) leasting over two weeks. This condition can have a substantial impact on quality of life and overall health. If not treated, complications can develop and irreversible damage within the digestive tract may occur. It is also life-threatening due to constant dehydration.

Chronic Diarrhea Causes

Very often chronic diarrhea is caused by bacterial or parasitic diseases contracted during contact with unsanitary water or conditions. Such parasitic conditions may be

Other causes of chronic diarrhea may be Ulcerative Colitis, Chron's Disease, Irritable bowel syndrome, food allergies or sensitivities, and other genetic gastrointestinal disorders.

Chronic Diarrhea Symptoms

Chronic diarrhea can be accompanied by symptoms of explosive diarrhea or steatorrhea. Other symptoms are weakness, abdominal distension, aforementioned dehydration and poor diet that is low in nutrition and high in simple sugars, cholesterol and unhealthy fats.

Chronic Diarrhea Treatment and Diagnosis

Simplest treatment for chronic diarrhea is to begin eating a diet that does not make existing symptoms worse and helps in improving overall health. Take a look at some nutrition guidelines to understand how to cleanse your body of bad bacteria and promote digestive health. Treatment is usually aimed at firming up loose stools, and dealing with any complications of diarrhea.

Infections may be treated with antibiotics. Crohn's disease or Ulcerative Colitis require long-term treatment and continuous follow-up. Unfortunately there is no cure for such disorders, but with proper treatment and care, patients can minimize flare-ups without having their lifestyle negatively affected. On the other hand, if the disorders are not carefully monitored and symptoms quickly treated, complications may be quite severe.

Some digestive system tests your gastroenterologist may want to perform are

  • Physical examination
  • Abdominal X-rays
  • Ultrasound
  • MRI
  • CT scan
  • Colonoscopy
  • ERCP
  • Sigmoidoscopy

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