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Three Ways to Treat Ulcerative Colitis Jul 1st, 2022

If you have ulcerative colitis, you know the inflammation and ulcers that develop on the inner lining of your large intestine cause unexplained weight loss, diarrhea, bloody stools, and abdominal cramping. You’d do just about anything to get relief from the inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). At Digestive Disorders Associates, our team helps you manage ulcerative colitis...

How the Low-Residue Diet Can Help With Your Digestive Disorder Jun 1st, 2022

If you have a digestive ailment or are scheduled for a procedure that requires bowel rest, our team at Digestive Disorders Associates may recommend a low-residue diet.  This diet limits foods with lots of roughage, like fruits, whole grains, and vegetables. Normally, gastroenterologists recommend getting plenty of dietary fiber to help stool...

What Causes Ulcerative Colitis? May 1st, 2022

Ulcerative colitis is a serious autoimmune condition that affects your digestive tract. If you have this disease, you know all too well how an inflamed colon affects digestion and daily comfort. You may experience diarrhea with blood or pus, abdominal cramping, rectal pain, bowel urgency, unexplained weight loss, and fatigue. ...

The Many Benefits of Hydration Therapy Apr 1st, 2022

Hydration therapy is an effective way to get the fluids you need to stay healthy. Fluids, vitamins, minerals, and other compounds are delivered intravenously for immediate effects on your health.  Digestive Disorders Associates is the only gastroenterology practice around Gambrills, Chester, and Annapolis, Maryland, to offer hydration therapy. Here’s why...

10 Things You Can Have on a Clear Liquid Diet Mar 1st, 2022

When you’re prescribed a clear liquid diet, you might immediately think,“What can I eat?” While the diet is restrictive and not nutritionally complete, it can consist of more than just water. Here are 10 options we recommend to our patients at Digestive Disorders Associates. Why would I need a clear...

Does an Anal Fissure Heal on Its Own? Feb 1st, 2022

If you have pain during bowel movements and have ruled out hemorrhoids, it could be an anal fissure. Anal fissures are common, and no one is immune. These tears in the lining of the lower rectum can be painful, but usually respond well to home treatment within a few days...

Six Conditions That Lead to Cirrhosis of the Liver Jan 1st, 2022

Chronic alcoholism and hepatitis can lead to advanced liver disease called cirrhosis. Cirrhosis means your liver has developed permanent scar tissue that prevents it from working properly to process hormones, nutrients, drugs, and natural toxins. When scarred, your liver isn’t able to produce important proteins and other substances essential to...

What Is a Low-FODMAP Diet? Nov 26th, 2021

FODMAP is a funny name, but it refers to hard-to-digest carbohydrates that can be a major cause of dietary distress in people with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) or functional abdominal pain. FODMAP stands for fermentable oligo-, di-, and monosaccharides, and polyols. FODMAPs can trigger digestive problems like gas, bloating, and...

Should I Be Concerned About Mucus in My Stool? Nov 1st, 2021

Your colon naturally produces mucus to keep the lining moist and lubricated. Once in a while, this mucus attaches to your stool. Occasional mucus that’s visible when you wipe or in the toilet bowl is generally nothing to worry about.  But, if you notice a notable increase in the presence...

You Don't Have to Live With Hemorrhoids Oct 4th, 2021

Hemorrhoids don’t discriminate. They affect about 50% of both men and women by the age of 50.  Hemorrhoids are like varicose veins, but they occur in the most inconvenient of areas: the anus and lower rectum. These swollen, lumpy veins feel tender to the touch, and they itch and bleed. ...

Complications of Fatty Liver Disease Sep 1st, 2021

Fatty liver disease affects an estimated 80-100 million Americans, making it the most common liver disorder in the United States. This condition doesn’t always have outward symptoms, but quietly causes severe liver damage that can lead to the need for a liver transplant.  At Digestive Disorders Associates, with offices in...

Five Signs You Are Suffering From Acid Reflux Aug 4th, 2021

You might experience a bout of heartburn after a particularly rich or fatty meal, but if you frequently feel burning or juices bubbling up after you eat, you may have acid reflux, also known as gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD). GERD is diagnosed when you have frequent bouts of heartburn, when...

Improve Your Diet With These Basic Steps Jul 7th, 2021

A healthy diet isn’t punishment. It’s a way to nourish your body to help your organ systems operate at their best. Improving your diet can drastically change how you feel. You don’t have to take drastic measures, either. Small changes, like switching to whole-wheat products or choosing chicken breast over...

How Constipation Can Impact Your Overall Health Jun 16th, 2021

Everyone experiences constipation now and then, but constipation that persists for three months or longer is considered chronic. Your body isn’t ridding itself of waste as it should, and the effects on your body can be serious. Bowel habits differ from person to person, but most people have at least...

IBS vs. IBD May 10th, 2021

Abdominal pain, diarrhea, constipation, and general digestive discomfort seriously interfere with your quality of life. All of these symptoms can accompany a number of conditions, particularly irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) and inflammatory bowel disease (IBD).  Just because these conditions have similar symptoms does not mean they’re the same. In fact,...

Why You Should Never Ignore Blood in Your Stool Apr 21st, 2021

If you have any digestive complaints, call our office in Annapolis at 410-224-4887 to schedule an appointment with one of our specialists, or use our online booking tool! It's perfectly normal to feel concerned if you spot blood in your stool or on the toilet paper after wiping. Bloody stool...

Myths and Facts About Ulcerative Colitis Apr 8th, 2021

Call our office in Annapolis, Maryland, or use the online tool to make your appointment today.  Ulcerative colitis affects about 1 million people in the United States. This form of inflammatory bowel disease affects your colon, causing inflammation and subsequent irritation and digestive distress.  Symptoms usually develop over time and...

Who's at Risk for Colon Cancer? Mar 9th, 2021

If you’re due for a colonoscopy or have an increased risk, call today or use the online tool to schedule. About 90% of colon cancer cases are detected in people who are 50 or older, says the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. While getting older is a major risk...

Three Types of Hepatitis and What to Do About Them Jan 5th, 2021

Contact our practice at 410-224-4887 if you suspect you or a loved one has any form of hepatitis.  Hepatitis describes inflammation of your liver, the most common types being caused by one of several viruses. Hepatitis symptoms can make you sick for the short term or cause long-term, chronic liver...

Understanding Crohn's Disease Dec 1st, 2020

Call our office at 410-224-4887, or use the online tool to schedule your appointment. Nearly 3 million Americans suffer from inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), which includes Crohn’s disease and colitis. Both conditions cause inflammation and damage in the gastrointestinal tract.  If you have Crohn’s disease, you know it’s a lifelong...

Which Special Diet Do I Need? Nov 1st, 2020

Call our office at 410-224-4887 to arrange your appointment or book using our online scheduling tool. What you eat and don’t eat can directly affect the functioning and health of your digestive tract. While diet doesn't necessarily cause disease, a special diet can help alleviate symptoms of conditions as varied...

Autoimmune Disorders That Cause Pancreatitis Oct 1st, 2020

Call our office at 410-224-4887, or use the “schedule now” button on our website. You may not give your pancreas much thought, until it becomes inflamed and causes abdominal pain, fever, and nausea. This long, flat gland is located right behind the stomach and upper abdomen. The pancreas produces two...

What Causes GERD Symptoms? Sep 3rd, 2020

Call our office at 410-224-4887, or schedule your visit online for an evaluation with one of our caring physicians. Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) is acid reflux – but so much more. You may experience the uncomfortable burning and sour taste of acid reflux on occasion after a rich meal, but...

IBS and Anxiety: How Are They Linked? Aug 17th, 2020

Call our office at 410-224-4887, or schedule online for an evaluation with one of our caring physicians. If you suffer from irritable bowel syndrome, you’re all too familiar with the abdominal pain, gas, bloating, and diarrhea and/or constipation. You also know there are times when these symptoms flare up and...

When to See a Doctor About Abdominal Pain Jul 21st, 2020

If your abdominal pain is concerning to you, don’t hesitate to call Digestive Disorders Associates to set up an evaluation. You can also use this website to request an appointment. It’s likely that you or a loved one will suffer abdominal pain at some point (or many points) during your...

8 Tips for Helping Kids Cope with Celiac Disease Jun 18th, 2020

Call our office today at 410-224-4887, or use our online booking tool to schedule today! Celiac disease is not an allergy. It’s an autoimmune condition triggered by the consumption of gluten – a protein found in wheat but also in barley and rye. Thousands of kids have celiac disease –...

Link Between Obesity and Hemorrhoids May 29th, 2020

Call our office today at 410-224-4887, or use our online booking tool to schedule today! If you have hemorrhoids, you’re all too familiar with the pain, itching, and rectal bleeding, they cause. Both men and women can develop these uncomfortable swollen veins in the lower rectum that make bowel movements...

Tips on How to Handle Irritable Bowel Syndrome Apr 21st, 2020

Contact our team at Digestive Disorders Associates to benefit from expert treatment and management. Call today at 410-224-4887, or use our online booking tool to schedule! Irritable bowel syndrome affects 25-45 million Americans. If you’re among them, you know the frustration and challenge that the varying symptoms cause. You may...

Chronic Constipation: Complications to Avoid Mar 1st, 2020

If you’ve been suffering from constipation for more than a few weeks, call our office at Digestive Disorders Associates or book a consultation online. Nobody enjoys being constipated, but sometimes it happens due to stress, dietary changes, surgery, or medications. When constipation lingers for several weeks, however, it can cause...

The Best Treatment for Ulcerative Colitis Jan 31st, 2020

Call the office to schedule a sit-down with the team! We’ll review all your treatment options and work with you to come up with a plan that’s best for your physical and emotional health.  Ulcerative colitis affects the large intestine. It occurs when your immune system goes haywire and causes inflammation...

Food Triggers and IBS Jan 3rd, 2020

Call our office at 410-224-4887, or schedule online to start to take control of your IBS today. Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) can be a frustrating diagnosis that as many as 45 million Americans deal with. The condition causes belly pain and cramping, bloating, diarrhea and/or constipation, and gas – all...

Common Triggers for Acid Reflux Nov 30th, 2019

Call our office in Annapolis, Maryland, or click the “schedule now” button to request an appointment using the online tool.  An occasional bout of acid reflux is common and usually nothing to be concerned about. However, if you have frequent reflux, it may be a more chronic condition called gastroesophageal...

Prepping for Your First Colonoscopy Oct 31st, 2019

Call today to schedule your colonoscopy or book your appointment online! A colonoscopy probably won’t be your favorite procedure ever, but it can save your life. Colorectal cancers are the third most common type of cancer affecting men and women in the United States. It’s the second leading cause of...

Myths and Facts About Celiac Disease Sep 30th, 2019

If you have digestive symptoms that suggest celiac disease, don’t hesitate to contact us at Digestive Disorders Associates. People with celiac disease have digestive symptoms that may see similar to inflammatory bowel disease or even irritable bowel syndrome. But celiac is its own condition that occurs when your immune system...

How Do I Know if I Have Hemorrhoids? Sep 4th, 2019

Call our office in Annapolis, Maryland, or book your appointment online.  As many as half of adults get hemorrhoids at some point before the age of 50. How do you know if you’re among them? These swollen veins right around your anus or lower rectum cause pain and itching. Sometimes...

Understanding the Different Types of Hepatitis Aug 2nd, 2019

If you suspect you may have an infection of the liver, seek care right away. Call our office in Annapolis, Maryland, or click “schedule now” to make an appointment using the online tool today.  Hepatitis causes inflammation of the liver and is often caused by a virus that attacks the...

What's the Difference Between Crohn's Disease and IBS? Jul 3rd, 2019

Call our office in Annapolis, Maryland, to schedule an appointment today.  You have unusual bowel movements or diarrhea, excess gas and abdominal pain, and just find you can’t tolerate certain foods. You know something is wrong with your gut, but aren’t sure it’s IBD or IBS. While the acronyms are...

Why It's Important to Get Vaccinated for Hepatitis A and B May 31st, 2019

If you fall into a high-risk category or aren’t sure you were vaccinated in your youth, contact our office to find out more about the vaccination process. Don’t delay, because once you have hepatitis A or B, the vaccine can’t cure it. In the last 20 years, the cases of...

When You Should Seek Medical Attention for Your Constipation May 1st, 2019

Call today or book online to be evaluated for constipation or another digestive concern. Constipation is always uncomfortable, but it usually resolves on its own in a few days or with the help of over-the-counter laxatives. Your concern rises, though, when constipation becomes a long-term problem that affects you every...

Unexplained Weight Loss? Radiating Back Pain? Vomiting? It Could Be Pancreatitis Apr 2nd, 2019

If you suspect you have pancreatitis, don’t wait for it to go away. Call our office at 410-224-4887 or schedule an appointment using the tools on this website. You’ve got symptoms such as back pain, vomiting, and weight loss. You know something’s wrong, but you may not immediately think it’s...

What Is Barrett's Esophagus and What Are the Treatment Options? Mar 6th, 2019

Trust our expert team to help you manage GERD and its complications. Call our office at 410-224-4887, or schedule an appointment using this website.   If you have GERD, which stands for gastroesophageal reflux disease, stomach acid washes up into your esophagus – the tube which carries food from the...

Crohn's Disease: How Dietary Guidance Plays a Role in Finding Relief Feb 1st, 2019

Our team at Digestive Disorders Associates helps Crohn's sufferers live the most normal life possible. Call the office at 410-224-4887, or schedule an appointment while you’re here on the website. How you eat when you have Crohn’s disease can make all the difference in how you feel. Certain foods can...

The Latest Treatments for Celiac Disease Jan 9th, 2019

Call us today or book a consultation using this website to find out how you can manage and treat your celiac disease. When you have celiac disease, consuming gluten causes your body to attack the small projections called villi along your intestinal wall. When your intestinal villi are damaged, it...

Holiday Travel Tips for Patients with IBS Dec 6th, 2018

Call our office at 410-224-4887, or use our online booking tool to schedule today! Irritable bowel syndrome can strike with diarrhea, constipation, gas, and bloating. But just because these uncomfortable symptoms are a very real possibility, you don’t have to skip traveling to visit family and friends during the holidays....

How to Enjoy Thanksgiving When You Have Acid Reflux Nov 21st, 2018

Call us at 410-224-4887, or use our online booking tool to schedule an appointment! Approximately 20% of people in the United States suffer from acid reflux or gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) -- which is a more serious form of reflux that happens more than a couple of times a week....

Could You Have Fatty Liver Disease? Learn the Symptoms Oct 31st, 2018

If you suspect you may have fatty liver, or you’re at high risk for developing this silent disease, don’t wait for symptoms to develop. Contact Digestive Disorders Associates today and schedule an appointment. Is your liver overweight? Fatty liver disease, once seldom seen except in heavy drinkers, has become an...