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what does erosion in the colon mean?

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Dr. Ronald Krauser
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See details: It may signify the presence of inflammatory bowel disease such as ulcerative colitis. Discuss this issue with the gastroenterologist.

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A 27-year-old member asked:

Does my colon need to be cleansed periodically for me to stay in good health?

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Dr. Ronald Kline
Specializes in Colon and Rectal Surgery
No: Colon cleansing will remove the normal bacteria in the colon and can lead to overgrowth of harmful bacteria. Stool bulking agents such as fiber, psyllium, or products such as MiraLAX (polyethylene glycol) work to promote natural evacuation of the tract. Probiotics will help maintian the natural flora. A well-balanced diet also will promote normal bowel function.
A 42-year-old member asked:

Why are celebrities having colon cleanses?

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Dr. Crystal Twynham
General Surgery 33 years experience
Fashionable: There is no medical justification for this procedure. The colon itself actually needs stool to get nutrients and to have good health; a colon deprived of stool atrophies and becomes ill. So it's just an expensive fad with no documented evidence that it helps anything.
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Dr. Sanjay Jain commented
Internal Medicine 34 years experience
because they have too much money to waste.
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A 32-year-old member asked:

How effective are colonic cleansings?

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Dr. Charles Cattano
Gastroenterology 39 years experience
Don't do it!: Healthtap physicians have repeatedly addressed this subject with a clear "no" answer to your question. There is virtually no value to colon flushes, cleansers, enemas, irrigation machines when the technique is accomplished to "detox" or eliminate "accumulated waste" or for weight loss. There are few real health benefits, but sigificant unjustified risk. Don't use colonics please unless prescribed.
A 44-year-old member asked:

What type of doctor deals with the colon?

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Dr. Joseph Roosth
Internal Medicine 35 years experience
Gastroenterology: A gastroenterologist is the type of doctor who mainly diagnosis and treats colon diseases. A colon and rectal surgeon and also general surgeons do surgery on the colon. Usually, but of course not always the surgeons are called after a different doctor makes a diagnosis and needs the patient to have an operation, as in colon cancer, trauma, fistulas, bad infections, many others.
A 37-year-old member asked:

What are the uses of colonic cleanses?

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Dr. George Klauber
Specializes in Pediatric Urology
Colonic enemas: Legitimate uses for colonic enemas or cleanses is for severe constipation, neurogenic bowel dysfuction or as part of a bowel prep. Prior to surgery involving bowel. Colonic cleanse can be performed by a cleanout from above prior to colonoscopy or bowel surgery. Colonic cleanses, for otherwise healthy individuals, is hocus pocus with no proof of efficacy. Thus best avoided if not indicated.

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