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Dr. Jonah Essers
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Ulcerative Colitis (Definition)

An inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) that causes long-lasting inflammation in part of your digestive tract. Ulcerative colitis usually affects only the innermost lining of your large intestine (colon) and rectum.There's no known cure for ulcerative colitis, but therapies are available that may dramatically reduce ...Read more


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Can whipworms treat ulcerative colitis?

Ongoing research: There is a lot of promising data that looks at whip worms but also other living organisms like bacteria in making a difference in ulcerative colitis and crohn's disease. The data are still preliminary in my mind and are not ready for prime time, mostly because we do not fully understand the biology behind why they help people. ...Read more

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How can I treat severe ulcerative colitis / pancolitis?

How can I treat severe ulcerative colitis / pancolitis?

Many options: There are many medications that can be used to treat severe ulcerative colitis. See a gastroenterologist who has a sequential plan of which drugs to try first, then progress to others if those are ineffective. There are many steps involved in the evaluation and treatment of this lifelong problem. Surgery is also an option, but is not without risk or side effects. ...Read more

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Is ulcerative colitis a chronic disease? How is it treated?

Yes: There are textbooks written on treatment of ulcerative colitis so the answer is too detailed for this forum. You should see a gastroenterologist to review treatment options as not every option will suit each patient. ...Read more

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How can ulcerative colitis be treated?

Ulcerative colitis: Initial treatment of ulcerative colitis involves medications similar to Aspirin which work to reduce the inflammation of the colon. For acute episodes steroids may also be used. For patients who do not respond to medical treatment or develop intestinal obstruction, rupture, uncontrollable bleeding, or severe infection, surgery may be needed. ...Read more

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How can children get ulcerative colitis? How is it treated?

How can children get ulcerative colitis? How is it treated?

Ulcerative Colitis: The cause of Ulcerative Colitis is unknown. We know there is an increased risk if there is a family history, so genetics plays a part. Look at the National Library of Medicine's section on UC for a good synopsis of symptoms and general approaches to treatment. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmedhealth/PMH0001296/#adam_000250.disease.causes ...Read more

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Can ulcerative colitis be treated with alternative medecine?

Can ulcerative colitis be treated with alternative medecine?

But not very well: Ulcerative colitis is a chronic auto-immune disease. As time passes the chronic inflammation not uncommonly leads to colon cancer. It is manageable, but chronic surveillance and medical management is needed. I would not recommend abandoning current evidence based medical and surgical management . Optimal lifestyle and diet can help, of course . Good luck. ...Read more

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Thoughts on fasting to help treat an ulcerative colitis flare?

Thoughts on fasting to help treat an ulcerative colitis flare?

Food deprivation...: ...is not the recommended approach to treat a flare of inflammatory bowel disease. Please see your doctor right away for the correct therapy. Under-treating your flare so that it worsens puts your life at risk! ...Read more

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Please describe the most effective way to treat ulcerative colitis?

Paleo diet helps: The best way to improve colitis is by stopping high carb foods (grains, lentils, potatoes based items). Avoid nightshades (peppers, tomatoes, eggs) and milk protein since they cause inflammation Healthy foods: fish, meats, vegetables, avocados, some saturated fat (butter, coconut oil), olive oil are very effective. Probonix, vitD3 10k IU/day. You should feel a difference in 1-4 months ...Read more

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Is it true that all or most people with ulcerative colitis are hard to treat?

Not True: Not necessarily true as ulcerative colitis can have a wide range of presentations and responses to medical management. The disease may only involve the rectum(proctitis) and be managed with topical medication to full colonic involvement requiring systemic treatment to control symptoms with medications as per a gastroenterologist. Surgery, if necessary is best managed by a colorectal surgeon. ...Read more

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Is ulcerative colitis treated differently when the cause of the disease is different? If so what are the options?

No: We in the medical community do not know the exact cause of uc. It is an autoimmune/inflammatory process that attacks the colon. Treatment is aimed at reducing inflammation with medications or surgery to remove the colon. Uc patients also require frequent colonoscopies to screen for colon cancer. ...Read more

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Is there anyone that can tell me if uc davis helps treat ulcerative colitis for free i'm 21 female and had uc for 4 years?

Is there anyone that can tell me if uc davis helps treat ulcerative colitis for free i'm 21 female and had uc for 4 years?

No one: No one will treat uc for free, unless you are part of a clinical trial for a new treatment. If you can't afford the treatment or insurance, you need to sign up for medicaid. With the new affordable care act insurance requirement going into effect this year, you must buy insurance or get enrolled in a govt program. Uc requires frequent follow ups as well as tests and medications. ...Read more

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What is the correct dose of prednisone to treat ulcerative colitis?

What is the correct dose of prednisone to treat ulcerative colitis?

Steroid: Doses are individually tailored to the minimum necessary for maintaining remission from disease. Your doctor will attempt to taper the dose gradually. ...Read more

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I have ulcerative colitis and chronic non-specific duodenitis.But my doc. treats me only for UC and not for duodenitis. Any specific reason for it??

Ask your doctor: particularly if with symptoms from the duodenitis, be sure to ask your gastroenterologist since it is unclear whether or not you should be treated and depends on current medications, actual pathology from endoscopic biopsies, etc.. ...Read more

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Being treated for ulcerative colitis w. 40mg prednisone for 6 wks. Beneficial & safe to use phentermine alongside to counteract weight gain?

Being treated for ulcerative colitis w. 40mg prednisone for 6 wks. Beneficial & safe to use phentermine alongside to counteract weight gain?

Not suggested: The side effect profile of phentermine matches some of the side effect profile of the steroid and therefore I would not suggest taking them concomitantly. Specifically, cardiovascular, gi and neuropsychiatric systems would be affected. Once you are switched to maintenance therapy Phentermine will be safer. ...Read more

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Have ulcerative colitis in sigmoid and ascending colon/cecum (just confirmed by colonoscopy). Will enema treat this (allergic to NSAIDs)?

Have ulcerative colitis in sigmoid and ascending colon/cecum (just confirmed by colonoscopy). Will enema treat this (allergic to NSAIDs)?

Consider allergy ref: Thanks for your question. Depending on the NSAID allergy, sometimes it can be desensitized through introduction of small amounts initially, then gradual increase in dose under supervision by an allergy specialist. However, would discuss the side effects/risks/benefits with a specialist. ...Read more

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/18 yr old female was on 50-2mg per day since 7/10 off now been 2 wks. Has red spots on legs spots are swollen. Any ideas treated for ulcerative colitis with meds

Erythema nodosum: This sounds like erythema nodosum, which is a skin condition associated with uc. You need to start by showing this to your gastroenterologist. They may try to manage this on their own or may refer to a dermatologist. The best way to manage this is to increase or change your uc meds. However you really need to involve your docs! ...Read more

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Dr. Scott Bolhack
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Ulcer (Definition)

An ulcer is a discontinuity or a break in a body membrane that impedes the normal functioning of the organ of which that membrane is a part. Ulcers are further classified by their location. Ulcers are usually caused by infections, excessive acid production, stress, ...Read more


Dr. Mark Ingerman
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Herbalists (Definition)

Herbalists have specialized knowledge regarding the use of various plants to treat their patients. They offer a natural alternative to modern medicine by using the healing properties of plants and herbs to treat various ...Read more