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Gastroenteritis And Colitis
Will being on 10mg/day of prednisone (tapered down from 3 [email protected], [email protected]) 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
Colitis: Viral cause can take a few weeks and no treatment for it. ...Read more
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
Just diagnosed with viral gastroenteritis. Very sick, with a lot of pain. As I have ulcerative colitis can I expect a longer recovery time?
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Some are: Certain forms of infectious colitis can be directly transmitted from person-to-person due a low number of organisms needed to produce infection (shigellosis, e. Coli o157). Some are more likely to be transmitted from one to another through a vehicle in which the bacteria can grow to higher concentrations (salmonellosis, campylobacteriosis). Some are not transmissible like ulcerative colitis. ...Read more
Microscopic colitis is an inflammation of the colon that causes persistent watery diarrhea. The disorder gets its name from the fact that one needs to examine colon tissue under a microscope to identify it.
There are two varieties: collagenous colitis, in which a thick layer of protein/collagen develops in the tissue and lymphocytic colitis, in which white blood cells (lymphocytes) accumulate. ...Read more
Treatments Yes: Cure for colitis is possible, it all depends on your type of colitis. Colitis is a general terminology for inflammation of the colon. There'd are different types and causes. You need to see a gastroenterologist and ossicle have a colonoscopy after a good history, the they can determine if there is a cure and treatments. ...Read more
Crohn's colitis: Colitis is inflammation of the colon; multiple causes. Granulomas are a type of cellular inflammatory reaction. Crohn's disease is characterized by granulomatous inflammation. Less common other causes include tuberculosis (different type of granuloma) and sarcoidosis. Ulcerative colitis (other ibd) affects lining of colon, may have very superficial granulomas, but not the same as crohn's. ...Read more
Yes: Rotavirus group a is the leading cause of viral gastroenteritis worldwide. It causes a dehydrating diarrhea in infants and young children. More than a half-million infants and young children worldwide die of rotavirus gastroenteritis each year (parashar et al, 2009). Fatalities from viral gastroenteritis are more likely to occur in those at the extremes of age or the immunocompromised. ...Read more
Small vs large bowel: Enteritis refers to inflammation of bowel specifically small intestine but doesn't signify why. Colitis refers to inflammation of large intestine or colon but again doesn't explain why. Infection commonly causes inflammation. So can lack of blood eg ischemia. Radiation therapy. It's up to your docs to figure out what's going on and in mean time, give patient support, typically hydration & nutritio ...Read more
Germ invasion: The gut viruses are spread through saliva & end up on a variety of surfaces like door knobs or shopping carts & live for hours or days. The average adult will pass germs from their contaminated fingers to their face or mouth several times per hour. These germs invade the lining of your gut & cause symptoms. Some bacteria can enter the same way & cause the same sx. Frequent handwasing can reduce this. ...Read more