It’s normal to experience diarrhea and constipation at some point in your life. But if you’re experiencing frequent constipation or prolonged diarrhea lasting more than two days, it may be time to schedule an appointment with the experts at Hawaii Gastroenterology Specialists so they can get to the root of the problem. Call one of the offices in Honolulu or Aiea, Hawaii today or schedule an appointment using the online booking tool.
Every once in a while you may experience diarrhea or loose and watery stools. But you should call the office if:
There are a number of reasons you may be experiencing diarrhea. It could be the result of infection or food intolerance, like intolerance to lactose in milk. But in some cases, your diarrhea may be caused by a serious medical condition such as irritable bowel syndrome, Crohn's disease, or colitis.
The gastroenterologists at Hawaii Gastroenterology Specialists can determine the cause of your diarrhea after a thorough examination that may include a stool test, blood test, colonoscopy, or sigmoidoscopy.
Management for your diarrhea depends on the underlying cause. If it’s an infection, your doctor prescribes antibiotics and recommends fluids with electrolytes, such as juice, broth, or sports drinks to improve hydration.
If your diarrhea is due to a medical condition such as colitis or lactose intolerance, your doctor can manage the underlying condition to alleviate the diarrhea.
You should visit Hawaii Gastroenterology Specialists if you’re experiencing chronic constipation, which is two or more constipation symptoms that last longer than three months.
Symptoms of constipation include:
There are a number of reasons why you may be experiencing constipation, such as blockages in your colon or rectum, an underlying medical condition such as Parkinson’s disease or diabetes, or issues with your digestive muscles that make bowel movements difficult.
You may be able to alleviate and prevent constipation by making changes to your diet and lifestyle. Hawaii Gastroenterology Specialists encourages you to:
If lifestyle changes don’t improve your bowel movements, your doctor may suggest laxatives to loosen the stool or medications that improve bowel motility.
For treatment and management of your diarrhea or constipation, call the office or schedule an appointment online.