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Will being on 10mg/day of prednisone (tapered down from 3 wks@20mg, 1wk@15mg) make it harder to fight off gastroenteritis? I have ulcerative colitis.

Will being on 10mg/day of prednisone (tapered down from 3 wks@20mg, 1wk@15mg) make it harder to fight off gastroenteritis? I have ulcerative colitis.

Steroid gastritis: Corticosteroids like Prednisone can cause gastritis and ulcers, but ironically is used to treat episodes of colon ulcers and flares from ulcerative colitis. If you require several days of prednisone, or have recurrent uc attacks for which you have to take prednisone, then consideration of a protective med for your stomach is a good idea. Prilosec otc and Prevacid (lansoprazole) are otc, talk to your GI doc. ...Read more

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Dr. David Cohen
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Stomach Flu (Definition)

Viral gastroenteritis is a viral infection of the GI tract. It can be picked up from contact with surfaces and foods that are carrying the virus. Symptoms include upset stomach, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, and abdominal cramps. Sometimes ...Read more


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Non-specific colitis in child from gastroenteritis. How long does it take? Treatment or not?

Non-specific colitis in child from gastroenteritis. How long does it take? Treatment or not?

Gastroenteritis: Most likely, this is a viral gastroenteritis,
a virus that affects the gastrointestinal tract.
The treatment is BRAT diet- no milk products,
bananas, rice, apple sauce, and toast.
Crystal light and water to drink and stay hydrated.
If vomiting, diarrhea or bloody stools and recent travel
outside US occurs, contact Pedi MD thru health tap.
Welcome, Dr. Ivy Fisher, on staff. ...Read more

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How do you if you have ulcerative colitis or just the stomach flu?

How do you if you have ulcerative colitis or just the stomach flu?

No stomach flu: There is no "stomach flu." this is a common misconception, unfortunately perpetuated by some physicians. Influenza is flu. It's a serious illness that kills up to 40, 000 people in this country every year. Stomach viruses, or gastroenteritis, are illnesses that involve vomiting and diarrhea, sometimes fever etc... Stomach viruses go away. Ulcerative colitis doesn't. That's how you know. ...Read more

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If you have diarrhea or stomach flu, do you have colitis? Or, is colitis diagnosed only if your bowel symptoms never clear up?

If you have diarrhea or stomach flu, do you have colitis? Or, is colitis diagnosed only if your bowel symptoms never clear up?

Colitis: There are many types of colitis, inflammation of the lining of the colon. Infectious colitis can come from bacteria in bad food or bad water and resolve with treatment. Crohn's colitis and ulcerative colitis need to be diagnosed with testing such as colonoscopy. Ischemic colitis comes from low blood flow. Viral conditions such as the "flu" are not likely to cause colitis that I know of. ...Read more

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AB CT Scan good. Stomach pain, back pain, diarrhea, blood in stool, dizziness. Colonoscopy scheduled. Could it be colitis, c diff, gastroenteritis?

AB CT Scan good. Stomach pain, back pain, diarrhea, blood in stool, dizziness. Colonoscopy scheduled. Could it be colitis, c diff, gastroenteritis?

Yes, any of those...: ...and many other possibilities as well, particularly given your advanced age of 88. Rather than speculate, please proceed with evaluation and diagnosis-directed appropriate treatment. ...Read more

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Is colitis painful?

Is colitis painful?

Usually but depends: Colitis is a general term, and there are many different types. Pain is a common symptom in many of them. ...Read more

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What is focal colitis?

What is focal colitis?

Tummy Ache: Focal colitis is a general term for inflammation of a particular area of colon. Usually this is caused by food-borne illness or inflammatory bowel disease (like crohn's disease). Very rarely serious pathology like mesenteric ischemia can show a focal colitis but you would be extremely ill. Typically a colitis will resolve on its own, but can occasionally need antibiotics. ...Read more

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Can you die from colitis?

Possible: Most colitis is treatable provided you don't let it go too far. Two types are particularly dangerous: ischemic colitis and c. Difficile colitis. Ulcerative colitis is particularly challenging but usually not immediately life threatening. ...Read more

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Is colitis common in the us?

Is colitis common in the us?

Depends: There are many types of "colitis'; it is not uncommon for patients with bowel or abdominal problems to be advised that they have some type of 'colitis', although it may not necessarily be a serious 'disease'. ...Read more

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What sort of disease is colitis?

Colon Inflammation: Colitis is the term which refers to inflammation of the large intestine otherwise known as the colon. Colitis can have many causes such as infection, lack of blood flow (ischemic), inflammatory bowel disease (ulcerative colitis, crohn's), etc. ...Read more

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Is chron colitis like acute colitis?

Is chron colitis like acute colitis?

Can be: Crohn's as well as other colitis entities can be both acute or chronic. Acute colitis is a general term that includes the above but also can include ulcerative colitis, antibiotic associated colitis, ischemic colitis to name a few. ...Read more

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What's the upshot of getting colitis?

Depends: If it is just spastic colitis, then it is just that--the irritable bowel. Infectious colitis--antibiotic treatments and you are done.
If you have ulcerative colitis. You have to deal with the disease itself and the risk of colon cancer, which increases over time. If you have severe disease, you may be recommended to have colon removed after 8-10 yrs...It is tough.
Good luck... ...Read more

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What is colitis? No specfics given to me

What is colitis? No specfics given to me

Colitis: Colitis is a broad term used to describe either infection or inflammation of the large intertestine (colon). I know this isn't specific but the type of colitis you have depends on the cause. If you have questions always call your doctors office during normal business hours to get further understanding of your condition. Hope this helps. ...Read more

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What are the signs & symptoms of colitis?

Variable: Can have little or no symptoms. Can have frequent diarrhea with abdominal cramping pains, low grade fever, mucous or bloody mucus from rectum, may get weight loss. ...Read more

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What would happen if you have untreated colitis?

Many things: I assume you are referring to ulcerative colitis. The main concern about active ulcerative colitis is the development of colon cancer. If you have uc, you need to be followed closely by a gastroenterologist with yearly colonoscopy. ...Read more

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How to treat colitis?

Number of meds: There are a number of meds that can be used

Dependent on your age, medical condition, site of involvement, extent of involvement, other meds you are taking, and your response to meds.

This can be addressed by your GI DR, and you should be followed by one. ...Read more

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Dr. Stephen Scholand
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Gastroenteritis (Definition)

A condition in which a person has vomiting and diarrhea due to an infection with "stomach flu" viruses. It is contagious, and usually resolves without treatment except for over-the-counter Pedialyte or other ...Read more


Dr. Eric Kaplan
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Colitis (Definition)

Inflammation or infection of ...Read more


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