The digestive system is made of the part of the body that helps to breakdown the different food and drinks into the required nutrients the body can easily absorb and use. Some illnesses can occur suddenly affecting the digestive system. The cause of these illnesses could be genetic in origin meaning it has been passed down from one generation of the family to another or it could be acquired through lifestyle activities such as smoking, drinking too much alcohol and living a sedentary lifestyle. In any case, a number of digestive system conditions can really be avoided with the correct planning and lifestyle changes.
IBS is one of the commonest digestive system illnesses that causes long term problem with tommy cramps, passing loose stools and constipation. There is usually no cure for IBS but can be controlled with lifestyle changes, dietary changes and getting medication from your doctor. Seeing an online doctor at Consultdoc can help make a prompt diagnosis of IBS based on your history. The doctor may advice you on further blood test to check if no other cause for the problem is found. You will be advised on best treatment to control the symptoms.
Gastro-oesophageal reflux disease (GORD) is a serious type of indigestion, where stomach substance (acid) travels upwards towards the throat causing persistent burning sensation in the chest. This is sometimes caused by stress, pregnancy, eating spicy food, smoking and some medications like Ibuprofen.
GORD can be prevented by making necessary lifestyle changes. Sometimes this can be difficult to manage and so a Consultdoc GP may be able to prescribe you a type of medication such as Omeprazole following an online consultation. A follow up consultation with the online doctor to check if your symptom is better may be needed. And if your symptom does not settle the Consultdoc GP can refer you to a specialist for a gastroscopy which is a type of camera test to look inside the food pipe for any abnormality.
Coeliac disease is a life-long condition where your body adversely react to food containing gluten which is found in cereals such as wheat, barley and rye. This can cause long term tommy cramps, diarrhoea, bloating and constipation.
Some foods that contain these cereals includes bread, flour, pasta, cakes, pastries, biscuits, breakfast cereals, some ready meals and sauces etc. Consultdoc GP can diagnose this problem following an online consultation and advice you to get a blood test. As there is no cure for Coeliac disease, the GP can advice you on treatment by mainly avoiding the food that contains gluten.
Piles are lumps that can appear inside and outside the bottom over time. They often disappear again without causing any problem but sometimes they can be problematic and cause itching, discomfort and bleed during defecation. A Consultdoc GP can diagnose a pile following an online consultation and recommend treatment and if very severe may refer you to a specialist.