Dr. David Ziring

Pediatric Gastroenterology
Los Angeles, CA
24 years experience male

Locations

UCLA

Los Angeles, CA

Address

10833 LeConte Avenue, Los Angeles, CA
Directions

Fax

(310) 206-0203

About

Bio

I am a specialist in pediatric IBD, Director of the UCLA Pediatric IBD Center.

Specialties
Doctors may have more than one area of specialty interest. Board certification in a specialty area means the doctor has completed formal training and has practice experience in that specialty, and has passed the certification examination from the corresponding accredited medical specialty board.

Pediatric Gastroenterology

Licenses

United States: California

Languages spoken

English

Doctor Q&A

483 Answers
39 Agrees
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A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Ziring
Pediatric Gastroenterology 24 years experience
Not common: But not rare. There are probably about 40,000 children in the U.S. with ulcerative colitis.
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A 27-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Ziring
Pediatric Gastroenterology 24 years experience
Neutral: Or 6-7.
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A 27-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Ziring
Pediatric Gastroenterology 24 years experience
MRSA: Most likely reason is the carriage of MRSA. The abscess should be cultured, she should be treated with oral and topical antibiotics, and treatment of... Read More
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A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Ziring
Pediatric Gastroenterology 24 years experience
No: No. IBS is a functional disorder causing symptoms like pain and diarrhea in the absence of inflammation. Ulcerative colitis is an immune mediated infl... Read More
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A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Ziring
Pediatric Gastroenterology 24 years experience
C difficile : The C. difficile bacteria tends to overgrow in certain instances, such as when one gets antibiotics that select out for the bacteria. Other risks incl... Read More
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Ziring
Pediatric Gastroenterology 24 years experience
Sometimes: Imuran (azathioprine) seems to be effective in a small subset of patients with Crohn's (likely fewer than 40%). At the moment it's difficult to predic... Read More
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A 24-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Ziring
Pediatric Gastroenterology 24 years experience
Unfortunately no: But there are many treatments that will put it in, and keep it in remission so that you have healing of the intestine and feel perfectly well for long... Read More
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A 29-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Ziring
Pediatric Gastroenterology 24 years experience
Heartburn: Is caused by stomach acid that is exposed to the esophagus. OTC meds (antacids) in the two classes of H2 blockers (pepcid, zantac, etc) and PPI's (Ne... Read More
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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Ziring
Pediatric Gastroenterology 24 years experience
Yes it can: Loperamide is a locally acting narcotic that slows down the bowel and can certainly lead to constipation with high doses or chronic use.
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A 43-year-old male asked:
Dr. David Ziring
Pediatric Gastroenterology 24 years experience
Most frequent: reason is milk protein allergy, but 5 months is a little late. Other causes could be an anal fissure, Meckel's diverticulum, or venous malformation.
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A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Ziring
Pediatric Gastroenterology 24 years experience
Yes: Colitis may cause pain nearly anywhere in the abdomen, from pelvis to upper abdomen and usually worsens with worsening disease severity.
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A 21-year-old female asked:
Dr. David Ziring
Pediatric Gastroenterology 24 years experience
BMI: Of 57.5 is greater than the 99th percentile and considered morbidly obese. Depending on your insurance, you may have coverage for weight loss surgery.... Read More
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A 31-year-old female asked:
Dr. David Ziring
Pediatric Gastroenterology 24 years experience
No: Not strictly. Autoimmune disease is a problem in which the immune system acts mistakenly against part of the body. IBD is an immune mediated disease... Read More
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A 51-year-old female asked:
Dr. David Ziring
Pediatric Gastroenterology 24 years experience
Slowly: An endocrinologist can assist you with this, but tapering off of long term steroids in the setting of adrenal insufficiency may take several months. H... Read More
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A 20-year-old male asked:
Dr. David Ziring
Pediatric Gastroenterology 24 years experience
Yes: Bleeding from your bottom is not normal. Even if you have only a centimeter of inflammation in the rectum (proctitis) that can respond with mesalamine... Read More
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A 22-year-old female asked:
Dr. David Ziring
Pediatric Gastroenterology 24 years experience
Perhaps: Occasionally infections can trigger a flare of ulcerative colitis. But if you're otherwise feeling well with normal blood and stool testing, there is ... Read More
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A female asked:
Dr. David Ziring
Pediatric Gastroenterology 24 years experience
Mucus : a toddler vomiting mucous can happen for any number of reasons. Did it start all of a sudden and has been going on a few days? Or has he always been v... Read More
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A 59-year-old male asked:
Dr. David Ziring
Pediatric Gastroenterology 24 years experience
Perhaps: they don't want visitors to become ill due to acquiring "the stomach flu?" A stomach flu virus can last as long as two weeks in someone with an intac... Read More
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A 36-year-old female asked:
Dr. David Ziring
Pediatric Gastroenterology 24 years experience
Yes: you can use Miralax (polyethylene glycol) with a stool softener, like Colace. If you haven't stooled for three days, you may want to consider taking ... Read More
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A 56-year-old female asked:
Dr. David Ziring
Pediatric Gastroenterology 24 years experience
Bleeding: All bleeding comes to an end at some point. But your friend likely doesn't want to wait that long, and it could be dangerous over time. The body nee... Read More
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A 31-year-old female asked:
Dr. David Ziring
Pediatric Gastroenterology 24 years experience
Lab values: A low amylase has no clinical significance. Reasons for a low A/G ratio include hypoalbuminemia and hypergammaglobulinemia. But the lesion needs follo... Read More
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A 41-year-old female asked:
Dr. David Ziring
Pediatric Gastroenterology 24 years experience
Not likely: There are many healthy adults with blood pressures of 90's over 60's. If you are dehydrated, you might want to drink more water, as much as 2 liters ... Read More
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A 31-year-old female asked:
Dr. David Ziring
Pediatric Gastroenterology 24 years experience
Pinworm: Possibly a pinworm infection? They tend to crawl out at night. You should be evaluated by your physician for this possibility.
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A 24-year-old male asked:
Dr. David Ziring
Pediatric Gastroenterology 24 years experience
Are you taking: Humira (adalimumab) for Crohn's or ulcerative colitis? It sounds like your IBD is not well controlled and your medications need to be optimized.
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A 28-year-old female asked:
Dr. David Ziring
Pediatric Gastroenterology 24 years experience
It depends on the: underlying cause. If you have portal hypertension related to chronic liver disease, you may become jaundiced and develop ascites, and have significan... Read More
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A male asked:
Dr. David Ziring
Pediatric Gastroenterology 24 years experience
Be kind: To your liver. It's the only one you get, and a transplant is a big deal. A liver laceration can take several weeks to heal. Wait for the ok from your... Read More
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A 16-year-old female asked:
Dr. David Ziring
Pediatric Gastroenterology 24 years experience
Midol: is ibuprofen. Advil is ibuprofen. You don't want to double your dose of ibuprofen, so pick one.
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A 19-year-old male asked:
Dr. David Ziring
Pediatric Gastroenterology 24 years experience
Not contagious: Bad breath is not contagious. The phlegm that tastes like this girl's breath may just be a manifestation of that unpleasant memory.
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A 23-year-old female asked:
Dr. David Ziring
Pediatric Gastroenterology 24 years experience
Overflow diarrhea?: Chronic stool impaction in the rectum can cause the liquid stool above it to leak around the edges of the hard mass, and out the anus. That's one pos... Read More
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A male asked:
Dr. David Ziring
Pediatric Gastroenterology 24 years experience
Why?: 2 weeks is awfully young to treat constipation with miralax (polyethylene glycol). Breast fed babies can go weeks without stooling and typically do... Read More
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A 31-year-old female asked:
Dr. David Ziring
Pediatric Gastroenterology 24 years experience
Depends on cause: Cynthia, if this colitis is due to a bacteria, there are several other alternatives. If it is immune (like IBD/ulcerative colitis), then perhaps you ... Read More
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A 19-year-old female asked:
Dr. David Ziring
Pediatric Gastroenterology 24 years experience
While: This might be as simple as a migraine, it could be more serious. You should have an eye exam to make sure you don't have increased pressure in your sk... Read More
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A 24-year-old female asked:
Dr. David Ziring
Pediatric Gastroenterology 24 years experience
The first step: Is a rectal exam. You could have a fissure or a hemorrhoid. In that case, a colonoscopy wouldn't necessarily be required.
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A 22-year-old female asked:
Dr. David Ziring
Pediatric Gastroenterology 24 years experience
The flu?: The symptoms you report sound consistent with a viral illness such as influenza. You can consider ibuprofen or acetaminophen for fever or pain and exp... Read More
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A 18-year-old female asked:
Dr. David Ziring
Pediatric Gastroenterology 24 years experience
Stomach pain: Stomach pain after eating may be the sign of a stomach ulcer. You should have your doctor consider ordering a stool test for the H pylori bacteria to... Read More
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A 18-year-old female asked:
Dr. David Ziring
Pediatric Gastroenterology 24 years experience
Bloating: Bloating is a subjective feeling of your abdomen being bigger around and more filled with gas. If you feel that way, then yes, you are bloated.
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A female asked:
Dr. David Ziring
Pediatric Gastroenterology 24 years experience
Mucous?: Your intestine produces its own secretions to lubricate and protect. Unless you are eating something with non digestible white pieces, it may be mucou... Read More
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A 64-year-old female asked:
Dr. David Ziring
Pediatric Gastroenterology 24 years experience
No, its: Not normal. You should explore why your SO has those concerns. Doctors are trained professionals with boundaries and ethics. Your SO seems to have tr... Read More
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A 16-year-old male asked:
Dr. David Ziring
Pediatric Gastroenterology 24 years experience
Soy milk and ulcers: No, soy milk is not bad for peptic ulcer disease. What it really needs is treatment. This can include an antacid, and several antibiotics. You might w... Read More
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A 18-year-old female asked:
Dr. David Ziring
Pediatric Gastroenterology 24 years experience
Difficult to say: the lower right side of your abdomen is where the end of your small intestine sits (your terminal ileum) and where your appendix is located. But with... Read More
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A 20-year-old female asked:
Dr. David Ziring
Pediatric Gastroenterology 24 years experience
Genetics: The locations where your body deposits fat is largely a function of genetics, that is what you've inherited from your parents. There's very little yo... Read More
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A female asked:
Dr. David Ziring
Pediatric Gastroenterology 24 years experience
Herbal treatments: The only treatments I know of for intestinal worms are medicines as they have to selectively kill the worms and not hurt you. How do you know you have... Read More
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A 36-year-old male asked:
Dr. David Ziring
Pediatric Gastroenterology 24 years experience
Constipation: Your symptoms may all stem from constipation. You might want to take a laxative like one similar to Miralax (polyethylene glycol) or Milk of Magnesia.... Read More
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A 20-year-old female asked:
Dr. David Ziring
Pediatric Gastroenterology 24 years experience
Lactose intolerance: Causes gas, bloating, and diarrhea. It lasts about three hours after you drink milk. Pain two days later is not related to your drinking milk.
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A 26-year-old male asked:
Dr. David Ziring
Pediatric Gastroenterology 24 years experience
Up to 24 hours: but to be safe, I'd abstain for 2-3 days before you are tested at work. I hope that if you are a habitual smoker, that it doesn't interfere with impo... Read More
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A 20-year-old female asked:
Dr. David Ziring
Pediatric Gastroenterology 24 years experience
It's a stretch: the only way I can relate acid reflux to weakness is if you've had chronic acid reflux that has caused esophagitis, which has led to blood loss and re... Read More
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A 20-year-old female asked:
Dr. David Ziring
Pediatric Gastroenterology 24 years experience
Peptic ulcers: Depending on the amount of inflammation in your stomach, or ulceration, it may take more than two weeks to heal after treatment for H pylori and you m... Read More
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A 25-year-old male asked:
Dr. David Ziring
Pediatric Gastroenterology 24 years experience
Long term use: Medicines like Prilosec can have long term consequences including bacterial overgrowth and thinning bones. It often takes a few days to get full bene... Read More
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A 60-year-old female asked:
Dr. David Ziring
Pediatric Gastroenterology 24 years experience
Fluid shifts: Depending on the kind of enema (sodium phosphate?) you can have rapid fluid and electrolyte shifts and have what's akin to a vaso-vagal reaction. It's... Read More
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A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Ziring
Pediatric Gastroenterology 24 years experience
Yes: They both contain the same active ingredient. Usually generics are as effective as brand name drugs.
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Nov 26, 2015
Keep on work hard
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This was very helpful. Thanks! Thank you very much. I'm worried about my sister in-law. She has 2 nodes. One by the aorta and then on the neck. She gets more testing next week.
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This made me feel good. Thanks! Thank you. Yes I took Suprep. Horrible experience! Kicked in to late, had to cancel Colonoscopy, only to do it all over again. Oh the joys
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This was very helpful. Thanks! Thank you so much for responding. I REALLY appreciate you clarifying the difference in symptoms btwn ulcer and pancreas issues.

Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

Rosalind Franklin University - Chicago Medical School, IL
Graduated 1999MD

Residency

Children's Hospital Orange County

Awards

Top Doctor, Third Place, Los Angeles Region - Spring
2015
Top Pediatric Gastroenterologist, First Place, National - Spring
2015
Top Pediatric Gastroenterologist, First Place, the Nation - Spring
2017
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