What is Peptic Ulcer Disease and How to Prevent It

Peptic Ulcer Disease exam

Peptic ulcers are ulcers that form in the digestive tract caused by acid erosion in the lining of your GI tract. Peptic ulcer disease can be found in the esophagus, stomach, or the upper part of the small intestines.  Here at Charleston GI, we know making sense of what’s going on in your gut can […]

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How Do I Know If I Have Irritable Bowel Syndrome?

Irritable bowel syndrome, IBS

Do you ever feel like eating or drinking “irritates” your stomach, causing you to painfully bloat, become annoyingly constipated, or send you running to the bathroom? If you answered yes to any of those, you might have irritable bowel syndrome.  Irritable Bowel Syndrome, also known as IBS, is a common digestive condition that causes a […]

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Easing the Fear of Getting a Colonoscopy

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A colonoscopy may sound daunting to a new patient, but it’s a simple, routine procedure that can be essential for your health. There’s no need to worry about a colonoscopy, as it’s only done once every 10 years and could potentially save your life. Here at Charleston GI, our doctors are in the business of […]

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What is Dyspepsia and What Can You Do About It?

What is dyspepsia and food to avoid for Dyspepsia patients

Dyspepsia is better known as indigestion and is what causes the discomfort, pain, or burning sensation often associated with indigestion. It is a common digestive issue and can display symptoms such as gas, bloating, and nausea in some cases.  If even the smallest of meals make you uncomfortable, that may be a sign of dyspepsia. […]

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The Benefits of Dietary Fiber for Your Gut

Benefits of Dietary Fiber

Throughout our lives, we’ve heard “get more fiber in your diet” a number of times. While it’s not a new concept, it’s important to understand just how great fiber is for your health. Dietary fiber is primarily found in fruits, vegetables, legumes, and whole grains. Most people know it best for its ability to relieve […]

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Celiac Disease: Fallacies and Facts

Celiac disease awareness

To most people, the remedy for celiac disease seems simple: Don’t eat gluten. What many people don’t know is celiac disease is a complex disease that is often misunderstood. At Charleston GI, we’re here to bust the myths of celiac disease and guide you through your diagnosis. Read on to learn more about the facts […]

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Liver Disease Awareness Month: How to Prevent Liver Disease

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About one in 10 Americans suffer from some type of liver disease, with several factors putting some patients at a higher risk. Inherited conditions, weight, alcohol consumption, and infections may play a role, causing chronic liver disease or cirrhosis in approximately 5.5 million Americans. Despite the push for prevention, chronic liver disease is on the […]

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What Should I Eat During a Diverticulitis Flare Up?

What Is Diverticulitis? Diverticulitis is a condition that involves the inflammation of the small pouches that line your digestive system. When the diverticula, most often the ones found in the lower part of the large intestine (colon), become inflamed or infected, unpleasant symptoms often result. Diverticulosis (the growth of these small, bulging pouches) is a […]

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10 Tips for Improving Gut Health

When your digestive system is functioning properly, it is easy to forget the important role it plays. But your gut’s microbiome is, in fact, the foundation of your overall health. A healthy gut has a balance of microorganisms, with a variety of bacteria needed to reduce the risk of several GI conditions – like inflammatory […]

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What Is GERD Disease?

Heartburn is common, with the unpleasant burning sensation often indicating acid reflux. This condition is experienced by one in three Americans on a weekly basis, but with lifestyle modifications, most symptoms can be alleviated. But if heartburn persists, gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) may be to blame. Also called chronic acid reflux, GERD impacts abouts 20% […]

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Understanding Ulcerative Colitis: Symptoms, Types & Risk Factors 

Ulcerative colitis is one form of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), with symptoms ranging from mild to severe. A lifelong condition with potentially dangerous complications, ulcerative colitis requires treatment from a GI specialist you can trust – like the ones you’ll find at Charleston GI! Ulcerative colitis is characterized as the chronic inflammation of the colon. […]

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What Is the BRAT Diet? 

Bumps, bruises, and sniffles are common for children, with parents always at the ready with a bandage and a comforting hug. But more serious symptoms are highly concerning, especially when children are very young.  Indigestion, nausea, and diarrhea may require a trip to the pediatrician. For years, the BRAT Diet was recommended to ease the […]

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How Do I Know If I Have Crohn’s Disease?

Crohn’s disease, a type of inflammatory bowel disease that impacts the gastrointestinal tract, results in unpleasant symptoms like abdominal pain, weight loss, severe diarrhea and more.  The disease affects about half a million Americas, both men and women equally. Symptoms usually emerge in a patient’s late teens, 2os and 30s – but in some cases, […]

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What Are The Treatment Options For Pancreatitis?

Pancreatitis is a GI condition that involves the inflammation of the pancreas, an organ found behind the stomach on the left side of the body. Inflammation – and the unpleasant symptoms it causes – occurs when the enzymes used for digestion begin to attack the pancreas. Stomach pain as well as nausea and vomiting are […]

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Warning Signs of Acute vs. Chronic Pancreatitis

So acute vs. chronic pancreatitis, what’s the difference? Pancreatitis is a condition characterized by the irritation and swelling of the pancreas. The pancreas not only produces enzymes needed to break down food, but hormones used to regulate blood sugar levels. Because the pancreas plays an important role in digestion, intestinal discomfort is a common symptom […]

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Who Should Schedule a Colonoscopy? 

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A colonoscopy is a powerful prevention tool, but the procedure itself is quite simple. Your Charleston gastroenterology specialist will perform your colonoscopy, checking for signs of cancer as well as other changes in your large intestine and rectum. Read on to learn more about who should schedule a colonoscopy (colorectal screening) – and when! Charleston GI […]

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Is My Nausea COVID-19 Related? Gastrointestinal Problems vs COVID-19

COVID-19 shares many symptoms with the flu, sometimes making it difficult to diagnose. Symptoms like diarrhea, nausea and vomiting can be associated with both COVID-19 and other everyday illnesses – but a trained gastroenterologist can help! Our GI specialists have provided some useful insights below, so take a look! How Do I Know if My […]

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Is Diarrhea A COVID-19 Symptom?

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Early diagnosis is key in preventing the spread of COVID-19. That is why it is important to recognize the symptoms! Read on to learn more about what to watch for. Is Diarrhea a COVID-19 symptom? While considered a rare symptom, diarrhea could potentially point to COVID-19. If you are experiencing diarrhea, consult your gastroenterologist. A […]

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What Can I Eat After A Colonoscopy?

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Your colonoscopy is a simple procedure, but it is important to follow your GI specialist’s instructions before and after your visit. While colonoscopy prep often receives more attention, there are a few things to keep in mind following your procedure as well. For instance a common question is, “What Can I Eat After A Colonoscopy?” […]

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How Long Does A Colonoscopy Procedure Take?

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Colon cancer is a serious disease, but screening for it is simple. A colonoscopy, an outpatient procedure performed by your GI specialist, is recommended for all Americans over 45 years old. Charleston GI makes quality care even more convenient, performing colonoscopies at our three local endoscopy centers. What Is A Colonoscopy? A colonoscopy is used […]

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