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How is the Cause of Diarrhea Diagnosed?

If acute diarrhea lasts several days, diagnostic tests are usually not necessary.  If diarrhea lasts longer than a week, is accompanied by bloody stools, fever, dehydration or severe abdomen pain — seek medical attention.

Medical history, physical examination, stool culture, blood tests, fasting tests or colonoscopy may be used to diagnose the cause of diarrhea.

Causes may include bacteria, parasites, intestinal diseases, food intolerance, allergies etc..  Since there are many causes, tests may be indicated to determine your cause of diarrhea.

Until your symptoms go away, you may want to avoid caffeine, greasy food, high fiber and lactose.

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Recent Blogs

Learn more about all things digestive health and wellness by checking out our recent gastroenterology blogs.

Constipation Awareness Month
December 27, 2022
December 2022 is Constipation Awareness Month

What is Constipation?  Constipation is a condition in which a person has uncomfortable or infrequent bowel movements, typically less than three per week. The stool becomes dry and hard, making the bowel movements painful and difficult to pass. Chronic constipation affects up to 20% of adults and 16% of children in the United States. Many […]

GERD or Acid Reflux
December 7, 2022
8 Ways to Relieve Heartburn and Acid Reflux

Stomach acid is needed to break down the food that you eat. Your stomach has no problem handling this. On the other hand, your esophagus — the tube connecting your mouth and stomach — is irritated by it. When stomach acid flows back into the esophagus, it is known as acid reflux. It can cause […]

Halloween 2022
November 3, 2022
DHC Celebrates Halloween 2022

On Monday, October 31st, members of the DHC team looked fun and festive as they got dressed up in their best costumes for Halloween 2022!