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can food preservatives cause irritable bowel syndrome

A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Arthur Heller
42 years experience Gastroenterology
Aggravate, not cause: Ibs patients can have food, emotional triggers; can vary with hormones/menstrual cycle. Some are bothered by cold foods, "gassy" foods (beans, grains, ... Read More
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A 27-year-old female asked:
Dr. John Chiu
Dr. John Chiu answered
56 years experience Allergy and Immunology
Vice versa: Food allergy may induce symptoms similar to ibs but ibs does not lead to food allergy. The best approach is avoidance of the offending foods and perh ... Read More
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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Luis Villaplana
34 years experience Internal Medicine
Anything, at times: Will crank up irritable bowel, but excess spices will foul your day.
A 37-year-old female asked:
Dr. Charles Cattano
38 years experience Gastroenterology
Rome 3 criteria: Irritable bowel syndrome (ibs) is a non-critical condition w/ abdominal discomfort, altered/ alternating stool pattern, accompanying nausea, bloating, ... Read More
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A 28-year-old male asked:
Dr. Jeffrey Juchau
32 years experience Family Medicine
Irritable Bowel: A diet high in fiber such as bran, fruits and vegetables. Low fat, non-fried foods. Some people also have a lactose intolerance so it may be helpful ... Read More
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A 20-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Ferguson
45 years experience Pediatrics
Maybe/not: IBS is a general label often applied to non-specific chronic gut irritation. It is quite common & varies in intensity from patient to patient. Muc ... Read More
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A 36-year-old male asked:
Dr. Kenneth Grossman
43 years experience Endodontics
Stress AND food: Keep a log on your food intake and avoid foods that aggravate. Also different stressors affect people differently. Keep offending stressors to a minim ... Read More
A 20-year-old female asked:
Dr. James Ferguson
45 years experience Pediatrics
Hard to say: Unfortunately each case can be rather unique. One good idea is to avoid synthetic dyes like red #40, which is banned in some countries but often used ... Read More
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A 53-year-old member asked:
Dr. Eric Kaplan
41 years experience Colon and Rectal Surgery
Common Sense: Especially the very spicy ethnic foods are generally not good for ibs.
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A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Chiu
Dr. John Chiu answered
56 years experience Allergy and Immunology
Stress reduction.: Since the cause for ibs is unknown (some studies showed that people with ibs has lower pain threshold in the bowel) but stress is considered an impor ... Read More
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