Did you know?
Your body can move your food through the digestive system even while you are standing on your head. It is not connected to gravity because it works with muscles.
Gastrointestinal diseases are any ailments that disrupt the digestive system. The Gastrointestinal system includes the mouth, throat, oesophagus, salivary glands, stomach, small and large intestines, rectum, gallbladder, pancreas, liver and anus. Gastrointestinal diseases can be chronic such as Crohn’s Disease, Celiac Disease, Ulcerative Colitis, Bowel Inflammation, or even Liver Diseases. Such conditions require proper treatment and long-term care from a specialised gastroenterology specialist.
In this blog, we are going to discuss about the gastrointestinal diseases, their symptoms and how to treat them.
Symptoms Of Some Common Gastrointestinal Diseases
Viral Gastroenteritis Commonly known as ‘stomach flu, it’ is basically an infection that affects the functions of the intestines. Symptoms include:
- Watery diarrhoea
- A low fever
Food Poisoning– It is an illness that usually occurs due to contaminated food intake. Symptoms may appear within 8 to 12 hours after food intake, which may include:
Gastrointestinal Infections– Such infections are usually caused by viruses, bacteria, or parasites that reside in one’s GI tract. Common symptoms include:
- Abdominal discomfort
- Difficulty sleeping and restlessness
- Itching surrounding the infection site
Constipation- A common disorder that resolves itself within a few days. Symptoms include:
- Trouble with bowel movements
More serious symptoms include the following that requires immediate gallbladder treatment.
Some Serious Symptoms Of Gastrointestinal Diseases That Require Immediate Medical Attention Include:
- Vomiting blood or darker fluids
- Chest or abdominal pain
- Black or bloody bowel movements
- Stiff neck
- Severe headache
- Constant fever higher than 101 °F
- Exhaustion or trouble waking
- Severe dehydration
GI illnesses are diagnosed with a multitude of examinations depending upon the symptoms and recent activities. Patients are usually referred to a gastroenterology specialist for diagnosis of chronic disorders. Beyond diagnosis, the specialists may help the patient with adjusting their lifestyle, diet, medications or symptoms management. Patients with severe conditions who seek immediate attention are referred to the emergency department.
Depending on the diagnosis, the treatment plan may vary, which may include:
- Resting and keep your body hydrated by drinking a lot of fluids
- Maintaining a low-key diet that includes easily digestible products
- Avoiding dairy products, oily food and spices, as they aggravate the digestive system
- Medications to ease symptoms
At Sarvodaya Hospital, Sec-8, Faridabad, we offer world class Gastrointestinal disease treatment and gallbladder disease treatment. Our specialists are equipped with high-end diagnosis technology and cutting-edge technological support to offer the best treatment options for all GI diseases. Get in touch to know more about us.