Signs & Symptoms of SIBO
Small intestinal bacterial overgrowth presents itself similarly to several other gastrointestinal conditions. Due to the presence of excess bacteria in the small intestine, nutrients can be properly absorbed during digestion. This noticeable lack of absorption is usually a direct result of additional bacteria. Here are the common symptoms of SIBO:
- Abdominal pain (especially after eating)
- Excessive flatulence
- Weight loss
Causes & Risk Factors of SIBO
SIBO is commonly misunderstood and misdiagnosed, which makes determining a direct cause challenging. However, a lack of motility or movement of food through the small intestine seems to be the basic genesis of this condition. The more slowly food travels through your system, the greater the chance of bacteria overgrowing becomes.
Treatment for SIBO
Because SIBO is technically a bacterial infection, the initial treatment choice from your gastroenterologist is a round of antibiotics. Because there is typically an underlying condition creating the excess bacteria that needs to be treated as well. This strategy for treatment will vary depending on what your condition is, and will be determined by your gastroenterologist.