Ilyas Memon, MD -  - Gastroenterologist

Ilyas Memon, MD

Gastroenterologist located in The Woodlands, TX & Conroe, TX

Diarrhea Specialist

Everyone occasionally has diarrhea. Diarrhea generally poses no health threat, but chronic diarrhea may indicate something more serious—and potentially life-threatening. Dr. Ilyas Memon, MD is a board-certified Texas gastroenterologist who has successfully treated many patients with diarrhea in the The Woodlands and Conroe, Texas area.

Diarrhea Q & A

by Ilyas Memon, MD

What is Diarrhea?

Diarrhea is loose or watery bowel movements that are larger in volume than normal and occur more frequently than normal. A typical bout of diarrhea lasts a day or two, but sometimes it can be more chronic and last for weeks. Chronic diarrhea can be a sign of a more serious gastrointestinal disorders, such as inflammable bowel disease (IBD). Less serious conditions, such as irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), can also be accompanied by chronic diarrhea.

What Causes Diarrhea?

Several things can cause diarrhea. Eating too much food and/or eating too fast—or both—can cause diarrhea. When food travels through the colon too quickly for the colon to absorb liquid from the food, it becomes a watery stool instead of a solid one. Viruses such as viral hepatitis can cause diarrhea as can bacteria from contaminated food and water.

Diarrhea is also a common side effect of certain medications, like antibiotics. People who are lactose and fructose intolerant may experience diarrhea after eating dairy and fruit. Some artificial sweeteners cause diarrhea. Certain medical conditions, such as colitis, celiac disease, and Crohn’s disease can cause diarrhea. Diarrhea is a common post-op symptom experienced by persons who have had abdominal surgery or gallbladder removal.

Should I See a Doctor?

Adults with diarrhea that lasts longer than two days are advised to see a doctor, just to be on the safe side. Other accompanying symptoms that warrant a doctor’s visit include:

  • Black or bloody stools
  • Dark-colored urine
  • Dry mouth, excessive thirst, low urine output
  • Dizziness or lightheadedness
  • Fever above 102 F
  • Severe abdominal pain
  • Weakness

Children with diarrhea lasting longer than 24 hours should be taken to a doctor right away, especially if it is accompanied by fever, black or bloody stools, dry mouth, drowsiness, irritability, or any other symptoms of concern.

If you have chronic diarrhea and live in the The Woodlands and Conroe, Texas area, give the office of Dr. Ilyas Memon a call today to come in for an examination and see what course of treatment will work best for you.

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    "I recently received a procedure from Dr. Memon. He took care of it very professionally and saved me from a potentially cancerous situation."

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    "The office staff were very friendly Dr. Memon saw me quickly and answered all my questions. I highly recommend him. Great overall visit."

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    "I must say that DR MEMON is one of the best doctor I have ever been. He is very knowledgeable, comforting and helpful."

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    "We were able to get into to see him very quickly. His staff were efficient and friendly. Dr. Memon is very knowledgeable and a great bedside manner. Highly recommended"

    K.G.
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