Chronic Diarrhea

Chronic diarrhea is a condition characterized by frequent loose, watery stools that persist for more than four weeks. Here is some information about the symptoms, causes, testing, conventional treatment, functional medicine treatments, IV drip therapy, and recommended supplements for support for chronic diarrhea:


  • Frequent loose, watery stools (usually three or more times a day)
  • Abdominal pain or cramping
  • Dehydration
  • Fatigue
  • Fever
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Weight loss
  • Blood or mucus in the stool


  • Inflammatory bowel disease (such as ulcerative colitis or Crohn's disease)
  • Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)
  • Celiac disease or gluten intolerance
  • Food sensitivities or allergies
  • Malabsorption syndromes (such as lactose intolerance or pancreatic insufficiency)
  • Certain medications (such as antibiotics or laxatives)
  • Bacterial overgrowth in the small intestine (SIBO)


  • Stool analysis to check for infection or inflammation.
  • Blood tests to check for signs of inflammation or nutrient deficiencies
  • Colonoscopy or endoscopy to examine the gastrointestinal tract.
  • Hydrogen breath test to diagnose SIBO.
  • Elimination diets to identify food sensitivities or allergies.

Conventional treatment:

  • Rehydration with fluids and electrolytes (such as oral rehydration solutions)
  • Antidiarrheal medications (such as loperamide) to slow down bowel movements
  • Medications to reduce inflammation (such as corticosteroids or immunomodulators)
  • Antibiotics for bacterial overgrowth or infections (in some cases)

Functional Medicine treatments:

  • Identifying and addressing the underlying cause of chronic diarrhea (such as gut dysbiosis or food sensitivities)
  • Dietary changes to remove trigger foods and support gut healing.
  • Probiotics and prebiotics to support healthy gut bacteria.
  • Addressing stress and other lifestyle factors that may be contributing to diarrhea.

IV Drip therapy:

  • IV fluids and electrolytes to quickly rehydrate the body.
  • Vitamins and minerals to support immune function and replenish nutrient stores
  • Anti-inflammatory agents to reduce gut inflammation.

Recommended supplements for support:

  • Probiotics to support healthy gut bacteria.
  • Digestive enzymes to improve nutrient absorption and digestion.
  • Glutamine to support gut healing.
  • Zinc to support immune function and reduce inflammation.
  • Vitamin D to support immune function and reduce inflammation
  • Fish oil or other anti-inflammatory supplements

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