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Not likely...: Unfortunately a gluten-free diet will not likely cure or alleviate ulcerative colitis symptoms. Celiac disease or gluten sensitivity is a separate condition and responds to a gluten-free diet. Gluten is by no means an essential part of your diet, so if you would like to try a few weeks of avoidance and see how you feel it couldn't hurt. ...Read more
Ulcerative colitis: Is not. However proctitis or colitis caused by bacteria especially clostridia difficile can be very contagious as can other forms of infectious colitis. Use good hand hygiene and be sure to not contact stool or underclothes and get a correct diagnosis and treatment. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
No: These are two completely separate conditions although one patient can have both diagnoses at some point in time. It is very important to have a colonoscopy and GI/surgical evaluation to make the correct diagnosis as the treatments (medical and surgical) are very different. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Colitis: There are many forms and types of colitis, some will resolve on their own. Infectious (bacterial), pseudomembranous, ischemic, crohn's, etc. Ulcerative colitis is a specific form of chronic colitis of uncertain cause, diagnosed often by biopsy at colonoscopy. It can be a long term condition needing specific medications to treat & serial colonoscopy to watch the degree of colitis or for dysplasia. ...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 moreSee 3 more doctor answers
Inflammation: Uc is an inflammatory bowel disease with many triggers. Any trigger that creates an inflammatory response can/will cause a flare up - especially if you are not on maintenance medications. For some patients - even ones in "remission", triggers such as GI infection, systemic illness, significant change in diet and activity, or severe emotional stress can result in a flare up. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Very different: Though the diseases may have similar symptoms they are in fact, very different. By definition, a patient with irritable bowel has no inflammation or other significant abnormalities found in their GI tract which would explain their symptoms. Crohn's patient have visible inflammation somewhere which can be confirmed with biopsy. Both commonly have abdominal pain and/or diarrhea. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
If you think, yes: There are so many herbal medicines , if you believe will help you , take by all means, but do not discontinue proven traditional medicine, consider guava leaves as extra layer of help . Inform your doctor and take advise , neglect of u c may lead to dangerous complications. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Can ulcerative colitis and tropical sprue sometimes occur Together.Diagnosed with ulcerative colitis and inflammation in small intestine due to e.coli?
IBD (Crohn's vs UC): Ibd (inflammatory bowel disease) includes a spectrum of disorders that result in gut inflammation with systemic manifestations. Gut involvement in ulcerative colitis is limited to the lining of the colon whereas in crohn's disease there is transmural (full-thickness) inflammation that can involve any portion of the gut (from mouth to anus). See my other healthtap answers on the subject too. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
90% ulcerative colitis and 10% Crohn's diease what's the percentage pouch surgery being successful?
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What could cause colon diseases (specifically colitis and ulcerative colitis) and abdominal bloating problems?
SIJ Subluxation: ? About intestinal spasm causing inflammation, bleeding, & bloating. These are symptoms along a spectrum from mild (IBS) to severe diarrhea (Crohn's) to bleeding (Ulcerative Colitis). The likely etiology of these disorders are varying degrees of autonomic dysfunctions. IBS-D reflects parasympathetic overdrive & IBS-C reflects sympathetic overdrive. ...Read more