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How long does colitis last?

How long does colitis last?

It depends...: ...on the cause. Some types are lifelong. Your doctor can advise you on whether and what type you may have and what to expect in the future. ...Read more

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Dr. Eric Kaplan
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Colitis (Definition)

Inflammation or infection of ...Read more


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How long do colitis flares generally last for?

Colitis: This is a complex answer and would really depend on the type of colitis and the current treatment. I would recommend talking either to your primary care physician or a gastroenterologist about your colitis. ...Read more

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How long does colitis last I've been on a strong antibiotic for a full week now but im still having pain?

How long does colitis last I've been on a strong antibiotic for a full week now but im still having pain?

Assuming that: Your doctor found a bacterial colitis and he is treating you for it with antibiotics, you should be seeing improvement after one week. If you are not, it is time to consider other causes of colitits, such as c. Difficile colitis, ulcerative colitis, parasites, etc. Go back to the doctor and ask for referral to GI specialist if necessary for possible sigmoidoscopy or colonoscopy. ...Read more

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How long can lymphatic colitis last? Ive had it for 6wks. My gastro dr. Didnt give much help. I get it every 3 mo. but it has never lasted this long.

Lymphocytic colitis: Makes sure you are not on any inciting medications ( see list below) and Would call your doc/a doc and discuss the persistence and ask if antibiotic therapy or other therapy or colonoscopy is warranted at this time http://www.niddk.nih.gov/health-information/health-topics/digestive-diseases/microscopic-colitis/Pages/facts.aspx ...Read more

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Not long ago diagnosed with colitis/ colon inflammation, could uc or Crohn's flares last a month or longer?

Not long ago diagnosed with colitis/ colon inflammation, could uc or Crohn's flares last a month or longer?

UC/Crohn's : Ulcerative colitis and Crohn's disease are inflammatory diseases which tend to be chronic. Certainly the flares can last for a month or longer, but we do have good medicines these days to get them under control. To treat this you need a gastroenterologist who treats these diseases regularly. It is important to follow their advice closely. Good luck. ...Read more

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My dr. told me to stop prilosec due to colitis. How long does rebound effect last.i never had heartburn like this before . How can I treat naturally?

My dr. told me to stop prilosec  due to colitis. How long does rebound effect last.i never had heartburn like this before .  How can I treat naturally?

It's tough: and I wonder if your doctor will allow the use of H-2 Blocker like PEPCID (famotidine) or TAGAMET Ask! Hope this helps BTW LACTAID FREE MILK may help..and its almost "natural" (I assume with colitis you may be lactase Deficient) ...Read more

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What are some long term complications of colitis?

If you: are referring to Ulcerative Colitis, there are a number of possible complications including but not limited to arthritis, anemia, psoriasis, (all a "genetic HLA chromosome association) and the most serious, Cancer of the Colon. PROPER SCREENING and TREATMENT is available for ALL THESE UC ISSUES!. There are a # of types of COLITIS and the absolute Diagnosis is VITAL! Hope this helps! Dr Z ...Read more

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Long term implications of ongoing diversion colitis? Going on 2 yrs.

Surgical diversion: I am not a surgeon, but it would seem reasonable to consider undoing the diversion if possible, to reduce the colitis. Long term implication would be a long-term need for a colostomy if things go southwards in terms of health. You need to discuss this in serious terms with your surgeon ...Read more

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What are the long term effects of colitis?

Colitis: Judging by your medication, I presume you mean ulcerative colitis. The long-term effects of UC are varied. Some have very little disease long term, and others have long-term diarrhea, bleeding, or pain. If the inflammation is not controlled over a long period, there can be an increased risk of colon cancer, in addition. Long-term follow-up with your doctor is important. Good luck. ...Read more

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Is colitis dangerous even when symptoms are no longer present? I had symptoms several years ago but none since then. 18 yo femail, non smoker/drinker

Is colitis dangerous even when symptoms are no longer present?
I had symptoms several years ago but none since then. 18 yo femail, non smoker/drinker

Yes: Aside from the fact colitis can re-emerge causing trouble with inflammation, absorption and obstruction, those with colitis, especially ulcerative colitis or crohn's disease, have a higher rate of GI cancers. You should be followed regularly by a GI specialist and screened for these issues. ...Read more

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How long does it take for the colon to return to "normal" after being treated for colitis?

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It depends: If the colitis is a temporary type (i.e. Due to infection) it should return to normal sometime with a couple of months, depending on the damage done. If it is proctitis, ulcerative colitis, or crohn's disease, it may be years or lifelong. This disease can be very difficult to diagnose with certainty and usually comes and goes. See your doctor if it doesn't return to normal. ...Read more

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After using salofalk 500 supositories for 1 1/2 weeks, i don't feel any colitis symptoms, how long should I keep on 500, should I swicht to 250?

After using salofalk 500 supositories for 1 1/2 weeks, i don't feel any colitis symptoms, how long should I keep on 500, should I swicht to 250?

THis is : A decision between you and your treating doctor. Do not change dosing until you discuss with your doctor. He/she needs to know exactly what is going on with your symptoms and meds at all times. ...Read more

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Had an infectious colitis in september last yr but couldn't find cause,had very similar symptoms reoccur 6 months later,could it be something serious?

Could be: ulcerative colitis, but your doctors should be able to tell the difference between infectious colitis and ulcerative colitis with a colonoscopy. If your symptoms recur, I am sure your doctors will recommend it. ...Read more

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How effective is vsl#3 for ulcerative colitis, and how long should it be taken?

Good data: There are good data on vsl #3. It is the most thoroughly studied of all the probiotics out there. The best results are in patients with uc who have had their colon removed and have a pouch. It is helpful in preventing pouchitis. Also studies suggest it may be moderately helpful on preventing flares in uc patients with colon intact. Still not useful as a standalone drug though. ...Read more

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How does infectious colitis spread from person to person? My dad was diagnosed with it last night.

How does infectious colitis spread from person to person? My dad was diagnosed with it last night.

Usually: It's related to spread of the infectious agent in the stool making it your mouth, as in the orofecal route. This can happen with optimal hand hygiene is undertaken with diarrhea and the infectious agent isn't cleaned off one's hands and then can contaminant your food. ...Read more

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What are the long term effects of untreated colitis? What treatment will help ease the pain and symptoms the quickest? Thanks!

Cancer: Ulcerative colitis increases risk for colon cancer as well as other systemic diseases. Depending on severity treatment may be mild or very involved, your gastrointestinal specialist can help answer the question in treatment, Over the counter meds have disappointing results and stay away from ibuprofen, Motrin, Advil and aspirin as they may worsen it. ...Read more