Small Intestine Bacterial Overgrowth (SIBO): Everything You Need to Know About It by COEM in Charleston SC
Small intestine bacterial overgrowth is more likely to affect women, older persons, and those who have other digestive problems, such as Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS). Get specialized and comprehensive care at The Center for Occupational and Environmental Medicine (COEM). For more information, contact us today or schedule an appointment online. We are conveniently located at 7510 North Forest Drive North Charleston, SC 29420.
Table of Contents:
What is small intestinal bacterial overgrowth (SIBO)?
Small intestinal bacterial overgrowth (SIBO) symptoms
What causes SIBO (Small Intestinal Bacterial Overgrowth)?
Risk factors associated with SIBO
How to treat SIBO (Small Intestinal Bacterial Overgrowth)?
This condition develops when there is an irregular increase in the general bacterial growth in the small intestine, especially bacteria that are not typically found in the small intestine. This disease is also known as blind loop syndrome sometimes.
Signs and symptoms of SIBO often include:
• Abdominal pain
• Loss of appetite
• Unintentional weight loss
• An uncomfortable feeling of fullness after eating
SIBO mainly occurs when:
• Anatomic abnormalities happen in your small bowel
• Changes in the PH levels arise in your small bowel
• Your immune system is malfunctioning
• The small intestine loses the ability to effectively remove food and bacteria due to the malfunction of its muscular activity
At times, people with particular medical conditions are more prone to develop SIBO. For example, doctors consider the following conditions can accompany SIBO as a complication:
• Celiac Disease
• Crohn’s Disease
• Hypothyroidism Scleroderma
Apart from these, other risk factors that can cause SIBO to include:
• Older age
• Being female
• Previous bowel surgery
• Drinking alcohol
• Having recently finished a course of antibiotics
• Long-term use of medications that lessen stomach acid production
If you do not have any anatomical problems but still have SIBO, a simple way to control your symptoms is to avoid sugary foods and drinks. Other diet changes that are recommended for SIBO are:
• Quit foods that trigger your symptoms
• Avoid liquid medications and fiber supplements that contain sugar or alcohol as an ingredient
• Avoid lactose
• Follow a low-FODMAP diet; FODMAP is a type of carbohydrate
• Try an elemental diet that involves unique nutritional formulas
• Consume prebiotics and probiotics after asking your doctor’s opinion
Usually, the treatment of SIBO is determined using a breath test. If you have a lot of hydrogen in your breath sample, you will be prescribed the antibiotic rifaximin (Xifaxin). On the other hand, if your sample showed higher methane levels, you’ll probably take rifaximin and the antibiotic neomycin (Mycifradin) together. You might need to take these antibiotics for the duration prescribed by your doctor.
If you are looking for expert SIBO (Small Intestinal Bacterial Overgrowth) treatment, the Center for Occupational and Environmental Medicine can help you. You can call us or fix an appointment today with our expert doctors. We serve patients from Charleston, Mt. Pleasant, Summerville, all of South Carolina, Nationally, and Internationally. Patients routinely fly into Charleston to be evaluated by COEM and to enjoy this beautiful city which is a Condé Nast and Travel and Leisure Top Domestic and International Tourist Destination.