Breath tests are usually associated with sobriety checks used by law enforcement during traffic stops on suspected drunk drivers. But in addition to measuring blood alcohol levels, breath tests are also used to help gastroenterologists diagnose and treat a number of digestive system symptoms and disorders.
Bacterial Overgrowth Diagnosis and Treatment in Lima, OH
Some amount of healthy bacteria is necessary to keep the digestive system functioning properly. When there is too much (or sometimes too little) bacteria, it can lead to issues ranging from discomfort, to problems with digestion, which can ultimately lead to other health problems.
A proliferation of bacterial growth in the small intestine leads to a condition known as SIBO (small intestine bacterial overgrowth). The most common symptoms of bacterial overgrowth in the small intestine are:
- bloating and cramping
- weight loss due to malnutrition from the small intestine's inability to properly digest iron and other essential vitamins
- joint pain
- skin conditions (rashes, eczema, rosacea, and acne)
- lethargy and depression
Because many digestive and intestinal problems can have overlapping symptoms with other conditions, they are often misdiagnosed. An accurate diagnosis for the underlying cause of digestive problems is the first step in getting effective and lasting treatment and relief.
The gastroenterologists at Lima, OH based Gastrointestinal Associates, Inc. can determine whether a patient is suffering from SIBO with the Bacterial Overgrowth Breath Test. The test is minimally invasive and straightforward. The first step is to drink a liquid solution of sugar, followed by a standard breathalyzer test. The presence of bacteria in the breath test confirms whether there is an overgrowth of bacteria in the small intestine. Once a SIBO diagnosis has been confirmed, an individual treatment plan can be developed, the most common being dietary modifications and medication.
Find a Gastroenterologist in Lima, OH
For more information about testing and treatment for SIBO and other gastroenterology services, contact Gastrointestinal Associates, Inc. by calling 419-227-8209 to schedule an appointment today.