Why Do I Have Diarrhea After Eating?

Q:
Why do I have diarrhea after eating?

A:
Diarrhea immediately after eating is quite an embarrassing condition. Learning about the common causes of diarrhea after meals will help you with an effective treatment plan.

When the condition occurs suddenly, the causes have some connections with:

  • Bacterial infections
  • Food poisoning
  • Viral infections (stomach flu)
  • Parasites such as Giardia
  • Medications such as antacids, antibiotics, chemotherapy
  • Lactose intolerance (may also be a chronic cause)
  • Irritable bowel syndrome with predominant diarrhea (IBS-D) (may also be a chronic cause)

When you suffer a long time from such condition, you may have had some disease. The following are some possibilities:

  • Irritable bowel syndrome
  • Crohn’s disease
  • Celiac disease
  • Ulcerative colitis
  • Microscopic colitis
  • Post-surgery, especially gallbladder removal

Most cases of acute diarrhea will clear up on its own within a few days. If your home remedies don’t help or your condition is chronic, you should turn to your doctor.

 

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* The Content is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.