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Can Alcoholism Cause Colitis
It Depends: Clinically, Focal Active Colitis depends on your endoscopic and clinical presentation/symptoms. It can be benign as a result of the prep you were given for your colonoscopy to something more serious due to infectious colitis or inflammatory bowel disease (Ulcerative Colitis/Crohn's Disease) with symptoms of bloody diarrhea, mucous, etc. See your treating physician for more info on your case. ...Read more
Autoimmune: Uc or ulcerative colitis is an autoimmune disorder which typically responds to steroids and other immune modulators as imuran (azathioprine). It is not contagious. Complete proctocolectomy with ilioanal j-pouch pull-through "cures" the disease, though backwash ileitis is a common finding on colonoscopy... ...Read more
Genetic: Current belief that these are both genetic diseases related to immune modulation. ...Read more
Ulcers in colon: As the name indicates this condition leads to ulcers in the colon which can cause signficant bleeding with stool. ...Read more
Genes+environment : A combination of genetic predisposion (for example Crohn's is more common in ashkenazi jews), life events (eg appendectomy increases one and decreases the other), and environmental influences (eg smoking increases Crohn's and decreases severity of uc...). Bet you didn't expect the latter! as knowledge increases more precise factors are identified. ...Read more
Biology & addiction: Some people have a biological predisposition for alcoholism that runs in their families, other people develop a tolerance and addiction from overuse. Heavy drinking may start out as a bad habit, but alcoholism is an addiction and a disease that needs proper treatment or it can be life threatening. 12 step program and psychotherapy, as well as detox and rehab programs can be very helpful. ...Read more
Bloating: Ulcerative colitis, when in an active inflammatory state usually causes diarrhea often with the passage of bloody stools. Bloating will occur if the colon motility slows down with resulting slowing of propulsion of feces and intestinal gas. There is a complication called toxic megacolon where the colon actually becomes paralyzed and develops life threatening distension and is a medical emergency. ...Read more
Short answer?: Yes. If you have further questions that you would like to ask either in a live virtual consult or by way of inbox consultation please write me at WWW. Healthtap.com/DRSAGHAFI ...Read more
Secondary (acquired) hemochromatosis is due to other blood-related disorders (such as thalassemia or certain anemias) or many blood transfusions. Sometimes it occurs in people with long-term alcoholism and other health conditions.
hemochromatosis is too much iron in the body. It is also called iron overload. Causes there are two types. ...Read more
Yes: Virtually every antibiotic has the potential to cause a type of colitis called c. Difficile colitis. Antibiotics kill bacteria. Even as normal people we have thousands of different kinds of bacteria in our colons. When you take antibiotics, it kills some, which allows other types to thrive. When clostridium difficile thrives, it causes colitis. This can be life-threatening and require surgery. ...Read more
There were previous studies showing a questionable link between these conditions, but they were all small and questionable, leaving the question very open.
However, a very large study reported in 2013 involving 45, 000 women shows no link between Accutane and ulcerative colitis and crohn's disease.
No study has ever reported ulcerative colitis or crohn's in offspring. ...Read more
Yes and No:
Ulcerative colitis is not caused by antibiotics. Clostridium difficile pseudomembraneous colitis is caused by antibiotics altering the bowel flora and allowing overgrowth of toxin producing c.Difficile. Oral vancomycin or Flagyl to kill off the c.Difficile is the main treatment. Probiotics such as vsl#3 (10 cups of yogert bacteria in 1 capsule) or flora-stor
(saccromyces boulardii) can help. ...Read more
Generally not: Antimicrobial associated diarrhea does not have long lasting sequelae ...Read more
Is it true that drinking (even a little bit) when you're a teen can cause alcoholism later in life?
Had a flexible sigmoidoscopy. 6 biopsies taken. What else would could cause loss of vascular pattern if colitis wasn't discovered?
It depends on your h: What did your doctor tell you is wrong? If you do not have obvious inflammation or ulceration of the colonic mucosa, there is nothing very serious going on in your bowel. I would advise you to eat healthy(plant based foods), exercise daily(walking for 30 mins is good) and reduce stress in your life. The bowel will heal if you do all 3 of the above. ...Read more
What would cause pain and swelling on my ribs on the left side? I have been to the hospital for it and they said it was colitis. I think there wrong.
Get rechecked: Rib pain can be muscular, bony or on the surface if associated with a rash. You can always get a second opinion back at the hospital if the pain is worsening. Good luck ...Read more
Need: A diagnosis first. Cannot describe treatments until a condition is identified. See your doctor, get a referral to a gastroenterologist if indicated. "colitis" has many forms and many possible treatments. Just having "gas" is not a sign of "colitis." would not start to speculate on possible treatments if colitis does not exist. ...Read more
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