Irritable Bowel Syndrome

What is irritable bowel syndrome? — Irritable bowel syndrome, or “IBS,” is a condition that causes belly pain and problems with bowel movements. Some people with the condition have frequent, watery bowel movements (diarrhea). Others do not have enough bowel movements (constipation). Some patients switch back and forth between diarrhea and constipation. What are the… » Read More

Lactose Intolerance

What is lactose intolerance? — Lactose intolerance is a condition that makes it hard for your body to digest milk and foods made with milk (called dairy products). If you have lactose intolerance and you eat dairy products, you can get diarrhea, belly pain, and gas. Lactose intolerance can affect anyone. But it is most common among… » Read More

Ulcerative Colitis

What is ulcerative colitis? — Ulcerative colitis is a condition that causes diarrhea, belly pain, and bloody bowel movements. These symptoms happen because the large intestine becomes inflamed and gets sores, called “ulcers.” The large intestine is also called the colon. What are the symptoms of ulcerative colitis? — Symptoms can be mild or severe.… » Read More