Diarrhea

Vincent Rovito, MD, FACP

Gastroenterologist located in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn, NY

While discussing your problems with diarrhea can be embarrassing, it’s the most effective way for Vincent Rovito, MD, FACP, to protect your overall health. At his Brooklyn gastroenterology practice in New York City, Dr. Rovito offers diagnostic and treatment services to address persistent diarrhea and prevent additional complications like dehydration from developing. Whether diarrhea is the result of recent illness or a side effect of a chronic medical issue, Dr. Rovito can help. Schedule a consultation online or by calling the office directly.

Diarrhea Q & A

What is diarrhea?

Diarrhea is a condition where you have loose, runny stools. While many people experience at least one episode of diarrhea in their lifetime that resolves without treatment, chronic diarrhea lasting four weeks or longer may indicate an underlying medical issue.

Chronic diarrhea can negatively affect your quality of life and lead to more severe health complications if left untreated.

What causes diarrhea?

Common causes of diarrhea include:

  • Viruses
  • Infections
  • Food allergies
  • Certain medications
  • Irritable bowel syndrome
  • Inflammatory bowel syndrome

Dr. Rovito can determine the cause of your chronic diarrhea by reviewing your symptoms and medical history. He may also request blood, urine, or stool tests to check for abnormalities that may cause diarrhea.

It’s important to be upfront with Dr. Rovito about the frequency and severity of your diarrhea. This information is essential to help him make an accurate diagnosis and treatment plan customized to meet your needs.

When should I seek medical care for diarrhea?

If you experience prolonged periods of diarrhea not related to a stomach virus or other known cause, you may want to schedule an evaluation with Dr. Rovito as soon as possible for your peace of mind.

You should seek immediate medical treatment if you start experiencing signs of dehydration. Diarrhea can result in dehydration when you lose more fluid than you take in. For this reason, it’s important to drink plenty of liquids while you’re experiencing episodes of diarrhea to prevent dehydration and the need for a hospital visit.

What treatment options are available for diarrhea?

After Dr. Rovito determines the cause of your chronic diarrhea, he may first address the underlying condition. If your state is the result of a bacteria or infection, he may prescribe a course of antibiotics.

To reduce your episodes of diarrhea and firm up your stool, Dr. Rovito may recommend antidiarrheal medicines.

In addition to medications, Dr. Rovito may also suggest lifestyle changes to decrease the occurrence of diarrhea, such as incorporating more fiber into your diet.

If severe diarrhea results in dehydration, you may need to get intravenous fluids to restore what you lost and replace necessary electrolytes.

To learn more, schedule a consultation online or by calling the Dr. Rovito’s Brooklyn office today.