Colitis

Colitis is inflammation of the inner lining of the colon and is associated with diarrhea, pain, and blood in the stool. There are many reasons for the colon to get inflamed such as:

loss of blood circulation to the colon, infection, inflammatory bowel or intestinal disease, and attack of the colon wall by Lymphocytic white blood cells or collagen.

There are different types of colitis and symptoms of each are different and dependent on the cause of disease and factors that determine its course and severity.

What Are C. Diff Treatment Options

One of the main causes of C. difficile infection is use of antibiotics that leads to overgrowth of C. diff and naturally the first and logical step is to stop taking the medication.  Depending on how severe the problem is, C. diff treatment consists of:

  • Taking antibiotics.  As Ironic as it seems, the typical C. difficile treatment is taking different type of antibiotic to prevent the growth of the C. diff and treat the symptoms such as diarrhea.

If you have mild to moderate case of C diff infection, your physician may recommend taking metronidazole (Flagyl) which is taken orally.  There is a non-FDA approved drug called Metronidazole that has shown good results for mild to moderate cases. 

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What is Clostridium Difficile (C. difficile, or C. diff)?

Your digestive tract is home to more than 1,000 species of micro organisms. While most of these micro organisms are harmless or even helpful, sometimes something comes along to upset this perfect balance in your digestive tract. When this happens otherwise healthy bacteria may grow out of control and you may become ill. One of the more severe of these bacteria is Clostridium Difficile (C. difficile, or C. diff). When these bacteria grow rampant they can release a toxin which attacks the lining of the intestinal tract and causes Clostridium difficile colitis.

Although C diff is rare when compared to other bacteria, it is also one of the most important reasons for infectious diarrhea in the United States alone. Read more »

Ulcerative Colitis Treatment & Medications

When someone is suffering from ulcerative colitis, treatment is focused on reducing the level of inflammation. This is because the inflammation is what causes most of the symptoms of the disease. Ulcerative colitis treatment should provide relief from symptoms, and may also lead into remission. Typically, it’s treated by medications or surgery.

There are a variety of different drugs that doctors use to help reduce inflammation. Because not all people get the same results from the same drugs, there may be a bit of a trial and error process before the doctor finds the ideal medication. Since some medications have strong side effects, you’ll have to look at the pros and cons of any treatment you try. Read more »

What Are Ulcerative Colitis Symptoms

Ulcerative colitis is a kind of inflammatory bowel disease. People with this condition experience a number of different symptoms. Ulcerative colitis symptoms largely depend on where the inflammation occurs and how severe it is. Because of this, many doctors classify the disease by the place it’s located.

Here are some of the symptoms associated with the various types of ulcerative colitis. Read more »

What You Should Know About Microscopic Colitis

Microscopic colitis is a medical condition that involves the large intestine becoming inflamed. This leads to frequent, watery diarrhea. Its name comes from the way the disorder is diagnosed. Doctors must put colon tissue under the microscope in order to properly identify it.

intestineThere are actually two types of microscopic colitis. The first type is collagenous colitis. With this disorder, the inflammation of colon tissue is caused by a large layer of collagen developing in that area. The second kind is called lymphocytic colitis. In this case, the colon becomes inflamed because of an increase in white blood cells. Read more »

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