• Tests

    Often diagnosis is based on questions your doctor asks about your eating habits, recent use of medications, recent travel experiences and physical examination.

    • Stool cultures can be analyzed in a laboratory to check for bacteria, parasites, or other signs of disease and infection.
    • Blood tests help rule out certain diseases.
    • Food intolerances or allergies may be the cause of your diarrhea. Your doctor may ask you to avoid lactose, carbohydrates, wheat, or other foods. If you diarrhea stops when these items are removed from your diet, curing your diarrhea may involve changing your diet. 
      If the cause of your diarrhea is not easy determined and it does not resolve itself, you doctor may send you for a sigmoidoscopy, colonoscopy or imaging tests to have a look at your digestive tract from the inside.

Enhancing lifelong health

The Canadian Digestive Health Foundation believes our ability to help establish, enrich and protect a healthy gut microbiota is the key to lifelong health