Diarrhea

Diarrhea is defined as increased frequency, fluid content or volume of fecal discharge.

 

It is commonly caused by:

  • Medications
  • Dietary factors such as lactose intolerance or use of poorly absorbed salts (eg. magnesium sulfate, sodium phosphate)
  • Post-surgery
  • Psychological
  • Infection − bacterial or viral infections
  • Malabsorption

 

Be aware of the following complications that may arise:

  • Dehydration
  • Loss of electrolytes (eg. chlorine, magnesium, potassium and/or sodium)
  • Vascular collapse
  • Metabolic acidosis

 

The following diagnostic assessments and laboratory tests may be performed or used to diagnose diarrhea:

  • Complete history
  • Microscopic and macroscopic stool analysis

 

From a Naturopathic standpoint, Dr. Moira Kwok ND will obtain a very thorough medical history in order to put all of your "puzzle pieces" together to form a whole picture of everything that is going on from a health perspective.  From this holistic approach to treatment, she will put together an individualized treatment plan based on a combination of dietary and lifestyle recommendations, supplements, botanicals, acupuncture and/or IV therapy that is based on your specific case.  

 

References

  • Beers MH & Berkow R (Editors).  1999.  The Merck Manual of Diagnosis and Therapy (17th Ed.).  Merck Research Laboratories: Whitehouse Station, NJ.
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