Downtown Gastro Medical Group
Daniel Brelian, M.D.
Gastroenterologist located in Downtown, Los Angeles, CA
Diarrhea is a common digestive issue, but symptoms that occur frequently or last for several days could indicate a problem. At Downtown Gastro Medical Group in Los Angeles, Dr. Daniel Brelian treats patients with acute or chronic gastrointestinal problems like diarrhea. To find the relief you’re looking for, call or book an appointment online today.
Diarrhea Q & A
What causes diarrhea?
Occasional bouts of diarrhea are common, but an underlying gastrointestinal problem could be to blame if your diarrhea is chronic and painful.
Many different digestive issues or health conditions can cause diarrhea, including:
- Food allergies or sensitivities
- Irritable bowel syndrome
- Viruses or bacteria
- Crohn's disease
If you have diarrhea that alternates with constipation or other digestive problems, you might have an underlying gastrointestinal condition.
Should I seek medical attention for diarrhea?
In most cases, diarrhea is not dangerous. However, it can severely dehydrate the body and — especially in infants, small children, or the elderly — it can be fatal.
It’s important to seek medical attention at Downtown Gastro Medical Group if you or your child has symptoms like:
- Excessive thirst
- Infrequent or little urination
- Dark-colored urine
- Dry mouth and tongue
While diarrhea may not be serious, it’s better to err on the side of caution.
How is diarrhea treated?
Dr. Brelian first aims to understand your symptoms and your health history so he can treat your condition appropriately. If your diarrhea is part of an underlying medical problem, he customizes a personalized treatment plan.
If your symptoms don’t go away on their own within a few days, Dr. Brelian might recommend a course of antibiotics to treat potential bacteria or parasites in the digestive tract. He might also recommend a rehydration plan, which includes drinking plenty of fluids and replacing lost salt and electrolytes. If your diarrhea is the side effect of a medication you’re taking, he can adjust your dosage or recommend a different drug.
What results can I expect?
Treatment for diarrhea varies from one patient to the next, and your recovery depends on your age, current health, and the cause of your diarrhea.
As an expert in healing gastrointestinal disorders, Dr. Brelian can provide you with all the tools and resources necessary to heal your digestive tract and regain your health. You may need to alter your diet and rest for a few days, but most patients are quickly back to their normal activities.
To request an appointment with Dr. Brelian at Downtown Gastro Medical Group, call or book online today.