How Do You Treat An Inflamed Colon?
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The general medical name for an inflamed colon is colitis, which indicates inflammation of the inner lining of the colon, or large intestine. A number of different types of colitis exist, and they’re caused variously by infections, poor blood supply, and parasites.
Colitis typically causes abdominal pain, cramping, and diarrhea.
Treatment depends on the specific cause. The cause could be something as simple as an allergy to a certain food, or side effects from a certain drug. In these cases, your doctor will recommend changing your diet or medication.
More often, colitis is treated with medications like the following.
- Anti-inflammatory drugs, such as corticosteroids
Supplements, such as iron, calcium, and vitamin D
Lifestyle changes can also help relieve discomfort caused by symptoms. Here are some tips.
- Identify and avoid foods that trigger or worsen your symptoms.
Eat smaller, more frequent meals throughout the day.
Avoid foods that increase bowel movements, such as caffeine and raw fruits and vegetables.
Reduce and/or limit alcohol consumption.
If you smoke, work with your doctor to create a plan that works for you.
If these treatments don’t help, or if you have severe damage to your colon, surgery may be necessary.
The purpose of this video has been to provide quick, basic answers to the question, “How do you treat an inflamed colon?”
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