Boots WebMD Partners in Health
Return To Boots

Digestive health centre

Digestive health overview

Common digestive problems such as heartburn, inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) and irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) causes daily suffering for millions and can limit a person's quality of life.

Select a chapter

RSS Feed | Help

Latest headlines

Promising results for new hepatitis C drugs

A pill combining two new hepatitis C treatments may clear the virus that causes the infection in people in whom other treatments have failed.

Read full article

Medications

When to seek medical advice about digestive problems

Digestive problems like constipation, diarrhoea, heartburn and bloating are common with around 40% of us having at least one digestive symptom at any one time.



If symptoms are infrequent, with a likely cause, such as an upset tummy after some spicy food or heartburn after a rich meal late at night, there may be nothing to worry about. The symptoms may go away on their own or may be treated with over the counter remedies.



However, if symptoms recur or are 'red flag' symptoms, medical advice should be sought.

You should seek medical advice for any of the following digestive symptoms:

Mind, body & soul newsletter

Looking after your health and wellbeing.
Sign Up Now!

WebMD Video: Now Playing

digestive disorders

Digestive disorders

Learn what triggers IBS and how to manage symptoms, including diarrhoea and bloating.

Popular Slideshows & Tools on Boots WebMD

woman looking at pregnancy test
Early pregnancy symptoms
donut on plate
The truth about sugar addiction
womans toned abdomen
A workout for a toned tummy
79x79_less_is_more_with_exercise.jpg
Which exercises are safe?
hand extinguishing cigarette
13 best tips to stop smoking
Immune-boosting foods
The role of diet
79x79_not_good_for_you.jpg
18 secrets men want you to know
boy looking at broccoli
Quick tips for feeding picky eaters
hamburger and fries
A guide for beginners
salmon dinner
A diet to boost your mood & energy
polka dot dress on hangar
Lose weight without dieting