Medical and family history
- Duration of your diarrhea
- Number of stool you have passed
- how often you have diarrhea
- how stool looks, such as color or consistency
- whether you have other symptoms along with diarrhea
Doctor also can ask about the foods you eat. If doctor suspects you also, have a food allergy he or she may recommend that you change what you eat to see if your symptoms improve.
Your doctor will also ask about.
- Current and past medical conditions
- prescription and over-the-counter medicines
- recent contact with other people who are sick
- recent travels for developing countries
Doctor may ask anyone in your family has a history of chronic diarrhea, such as anyone has these types of diseases such as celiac disease, Crohn’s disease, irritable bowel syndrome, lactose intolerance, and ulcerative colitis.
What kind of tests Are use to find the cause of diarrhea?
Stool tests can also, show the presence of blood, bacteria, or parasites in your stool. Also show signs of diseases and disorders in your stools. A health care professional also give you a container for storing the stool.educationcares.com
A health care professional also take a blood sample to test for different diseases or disorders that can cause watery stools.
Hydrogen breath test
Is also used to diagnose lactose intolerance by measuring the amount of hydrogen in your breath. Moreover, little hydrogen is detectable in your breath.
Also used to find out that food allergy is causing diarrhea.
Doctors also use endoscopy to look inside your body to help find the cause of your diarrhea. Endoscopic procedures include
upper gastrointestinal (GI) endoscopy
Foods to eat
Also eating certain foods can help to reduce your diarrhea symptoms and ensure your health doesn’t worsen from not eating. These also include:
- rice (white)
Foods to avoid
Foods to avoid include:
- Fried and greasy foods
- artificial sweeteners (found in chewing gum, diet soft drinks and sugar substitutes)
- ice cream
- green leafy vegetables
Over-the-counter antidiarrheal medications are also available. These also include loperamide (Imodium) and bismuth subsalicylate (Pepto-Bismol).
Antibiotics can only treat diarrhea that is due to bacterial infections. If the cause is a certain medication, switching to another drug can help. Always talk to a doctor before switching medications