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Post-Infectious IBS

Post-Infectious IBS arises after food poisoning or acute gastroenteritis. The progression happens in one of two ways. Some people feel like they recover from the acute illness and then develop IBS down the road, while many feel like they never fully recover from the acute insult.

This type of IBS requires special treatment compared to other types of IBS. This is largely due to the autoimmune nature of the condition.

For more information about post-infectious IBS, please watch Dr. DiNezza's YouTube videos below. The following video is one of many on the Triangle Holistic Gut Health channel.

Diagnostic Testing

The following tests all test for the same thing, but I strongly prefer and recommend IBS-Smart.

  • IBS-Smart

  • IBSDetex (Quest Diagnostics)

  • IBSChek (Commonwealth Labs)

  • Irritable Bowel/SIBO Screen (Cyrex Labs)

  • IBSSure (Vibrant America)

"Will Changing My Diet Help?"

Yes, although I rarely recommend the most popular IBS diets. All of the following diets can be used to manage IBS symptoms, but should not be used for more than a couple of weeks.

Diets that can help IBS (and that I have worked with) include:

  • Low FODMAP diet

  • Specific Carbohydrate Diet (SCD)

  • The Bi-phasic Diet

  • Combination FODMAP/SCD (recommended by Allison Siebecker, ND)

  • Elimination diet

Can Post-Infectious IBS be helped naturally or cured?

Absolutely. Post-infectious IBS often responds very well to dietary changes, herbal medicine, supplements, vitamins, and life coaching. I feel very lucky to be able to help people with this condition every day at my office in Chapel Hill.

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