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Ulcerative colitis treatment

I have ulcerative colitis since 4 year. I am suffering lot, please advice what should I do. Would surgery work or not?
(March 3, 2011)

Treatment For Ulcerative Colitis

Ulcerative colitis is a condition that occurs in the digestive tract of an individual. It is considered to be a type of inflammatory bowel disease since it results in inflammation and sores in the lining of the large intestine and rectum. The sores and ulcers which develop cause destruction of the healthy cells in the colon and rectum lining. Ulcerative colitis treatment is dependent on the nature and severity of the symptoms. The exact cause of this condition is unknown and different studies put forth various theories.

Many experts believe that ulcerative colitis is caused by a type of bacteria or virus which infects the digestive tract. The immune system then responds in an abnormal manner and inflammation of the colon lining occurs. Some also believe that ulcerative colitis is an autoimmune disorder wherein the healthy cells are attacked by the immune system. Other studies have found a genetic link to the condition.

Stomach cramps and blood tinged diarrhea are the major symptoms of ulcerative colitis. The individual may also experience nausea, loss of weight, tiredness, appetite loss and difficulty in bowel movements. Children affected with this condition may undergo impairments in growth. In left untreated, the inflammation can spread to other areas of the body as well. Diagnosis of ulcerative colitis is done through an examination of the individual’s medical history. A physical exam and laboratory tests are also conducted. Treatment for ulcerative colitis can be done in different ways. In milder cases where the symptoms are not too severe, medications such as aminosalicylates are administered in the form of oral medication, enemas or suppositories. Usually medication for pain relief, diarrhea and other symptoms are also given. In case aminosalicylates do not help to improve the symptoms, steroids may be administered. Ulcerative colitis medications may also include immunosuppressant drugs which help to restrict the inflammatory response of the immune system. In case there is severe bleeding and also risk of colon cancer, surgery may become necessary. It is advisable to follow the ulcerative colitis treatment guidelines laid down by the doctor. 

Apart from ulcerative colitis drug treatment, there are certain natural remedies as well which help to bring about an improvement in symptoms.  One of the most popular remedies for ulcerative colitis is intake of probiotics. These are good bacteria which are normally present in the gut. They are available in the form of pills, powders and liquids. Probiotics help to keep harmful bacteria in check and hence protect the colon and rectum lining. Fish oil contains essential omega 3 fatty acids which have a positive effect on inflammation and hence is beneficial in treatment of ulcerative colitis. One can also consume aloe vera gel for relief from inflammation and discomfort. The gel has natural anti-inflammatory properties and hence provides relief. Proper diet is also essential for improvement of symptoms. It is important to avoid foods which worsen the symptoms such as high fiber foods, caffeine, alcohol and carbonated beverages. Some people may also experience an aggravation of symptoms after consuming dairy products.

Submitted by C N on March 3, 2011 at 10:45


Ulcerative colitis treatment 

Ulcerative colitis is the inflammation of the colon leading to formation of ulcers on the wall of the colon. The membranes ling the wall of the colon is inflamed. People suffering from ulcerative colitis have pain in the abdomen, there may be bloody mucus in the stools, alternating constipation and diarrhea may take place, the person may suffer from fever, bloating, gas, vomiting, sleeplessness and fatigue. This occurs due to increased and constipation leading to increased pressure on the bowels, poorly digested fiber containing foods leading to irritation of the bowel, stress and allergic reaction to certain foods.

Certain that can be useful for people suffering from ulcerative colitis are:-

  • Avoid foods that are cooked in aluminum utensils, tea or coffee, sugary foods and alcohol. Prefer frequent intake of foods and let the food be chewed thoroughly for ease in digestion.
  • Have one or two banana everyday for easy movement of the bowel. This fruit prevents constipation and is easily digestible.
  • Have warm water with little olive oil to clean the colon.
  • Have cooked apple, buttermilk or coconut water regularly.
  • Add a teaspoon of fresh juice of drumstick leaves with honey and a glass of coconut water. This can be taken 2 to 3 times daily.
  • Observe a juice fast for 2 to 3 days in case of ulcerative colitis. For better results, have papaya juice, carrot juice or cabbage juice. Avoid citrus fruit juice.
Submitted by A M on April 10, 2008 at 05:00


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