What is Diarrhoea?

Diarrhoea is a very frequent symptom characterized by the frequent passage of bowel motions. This can lead to considerable pain, discomfort and more serious consequences such as dehydration. It can have a great impact on people’s quality of life.


Causes of Diarrhoea

There are many possible causes which include:

  • Bacterial overgrowth
  • Coeliac disease
  • Dietary factors
  • Infections (gastroenteritis)
  • Inflammatory bowel disease
  • Lifestyle factors
  • Malabsorption
  • Microscopic colitis
  • Psychological factors
  • Side effects from medications

Investigations for diarrhoea include:

  • Blood tests
  • Stool tests for infection and inflammation
  • Endoscopy (e.g. Flexible sigmoidoscopy, colonoscopy)
  • Imaging (such as ultrasound, MRI and CT scans)

Treatment options include dietary advice, lifestyle changes, simple natural remedies and medical therapies.

If you are concerned about diarrhoea, you can book a consultation with Dr Goel to discuss investigation and treatment options best suited to you.