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

Blood donors pass on hepatitis E

Blood donors with hepatitis E can pass on the virus when they donate blood, according to new research.

Read full article


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:

Popular Slideshows & Tools on Boots WebMD

woman looking at pregnancy test
Early pregnancy symptoms
humbug hard candies
Diarrhoea & more
donut on plate
The truth about sugar addiction
cute dog
10 common allergy triggers
couple watching sunset
How much do you know?
hand extinguishing cigarette
13 best tips to stop smoking
assorted spices
Pump up the flavour with spices
crossword puzzle
Help for the first hard days
bag of crisps
Food cravings that wreck your diet
adult man contemplating
Visual guide to BPH
polka dot dress on hangar
Lose weight without dieting