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What types of doctors can treat irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)?

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The doctors typically involved with IBS treatment include:

Any of these doctors may:

  • Family medicine doctor, who treats adults and children
  • Internist, who treat adults
  • Gastroenterologist, a specialist in problems with the digestive tract
  • Check your symptoms and run tests to make sure you have IBS
  • Help you understand what might trigger your IBS
  • Manage your IBS treatment
  • Prescribe medicine or suggest over-the-counter drugs to help with symptoms
  • Suggest changes to your diet

From: Meet Your IBS Medical Team WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Disorders: "Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)," "6 Tips: IBS and Complementary Health Practices."

Cleveland Clinic: "Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)."

About IBS: "Treatment."

Piedmont Healthcare: "The difference between family medicine and internal medicine."

FamilyDoctor.org: "Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)."

University of Michigan, Michigan Medicine: "Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) and Functional Bowel Disorders."

Johns Hopkins Medicine: "Irritable Bowel Syndrome Treatment."

University of North Carolina, Center for Functional GI and Motility Disorders: "Ask the Expert: Why see a psychologist when the diagnosis is IBS?"

New York University Langone Medical Center: "Stress Reduction for Irritable Bowel Syndrome in Adults."

NHS: "Irritable Bowel Syndrome."

Mayo Clinic: "Irritable Bowel Syndrome."

IBSClinic.org.au: "Physiotherapy and IBS."

PubMed: "Complementary and alternative medicine for treatment of irritable bowel syndrome."

Reviewed by Minesh Khatri on July 7, 2019

SOURCES:

National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Disorders: "Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)," "6 Tips: IBS and Complementary Health Practices."

Cleveland Clinic: "Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)."

About IBS: "Treatment."

Piedmont Healthcare: "The difference between family medicine and internal medicine."

FamilyDoctor.org: "Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)."

University of Michigan, Michigan Medicine: "Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) and Functional Bowel Disorders."

Johns Hopkins Medicine: "Irritable Bowel Syndrome Treatment."

University of North Carolina, Center for Functional GI and Motility Disorders: "Ask the Expert: Why see a psychologist when the diagnosis is IBS?"

New York University Langone Medical Center: "Stress Reduction for Irritable Bowel Syndrome in Adults."

NHS: "Irritable Bowel Syndrome."

Mayo Clinic: "Irritable Bowel Syndrome."

IBSClinic.org.au: "Physiotherapy and IBS."

PubMed: "Complementary and alternative medicine for treatment of irritable bowel syndrome."

Reviewed by Minesh Khatri on July 7, 2019

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