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How do you treat diverticulitis

How do you treat diverticulitis

Antibiotics/liquids: Diverticulitis is treated initially with intravenous antibiotics and oral clear liquids with a change to oral antibiotics when the pain is resolving and the signs of infection (fever & elevated white blood count) are improving. A colonoscopy is indicated a few weeks after resolution to be sure there is not a cancer. Cases complicated by perforation may require immediate surgical intervention ...Read more

Dr. Mark Hoepfner
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Diverticulitis (Definition)

Diverticulitis is inflamation and/or infection of diverticuli, almost exclusively of the colon. The most common place is in the sigmoid colon, low on the left side. Symptoms are pain and tenderness of the left lower abdomen. They can be mild to severe. Sometimes worse with ...Read more


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What is diverticulitis and how is it treated?

What is diverticulitis and how is it treated?

Long answer: The technical answer is microperforations - the layman answer is - there are small out pouchings from our colons that form with time and every once in a while these can become inflammed. Most attacks can be treated with simple bowel rest and antibiotics. ...Read more

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How is diverticulitis disease typically treated?

Diverticulitis that: Is the infected condition of diverticulosis is treated with bowel rest and antibiotics. Once pain, fever and white blood cell count return to normal we start a liquid diet and gradually advance to a low residue diet which should be maintained for 4-6 weeks to allow the colon inflammation to completely resolve. If multiple episodes elective surgery may be appropriate to avoid further complications. ...Read more

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Will i be able to treat a diverticulitis attack at home?

Possibly: Very mild attacks, may simply get better with simple bowel rest and clear liquid diet. However, any signs of fever/chills or worsening abdominal pain, you should see a physician immediately for further eval. ...Read more

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What should I do at home to treat an attack of diverticulitis?

What should I do at home to treat an attack of diverticulitis?

See your doctor.: First and foremost, if you suspect that you are having an episode of diverticulitis, you need to see your doctor to determine if you are a candidate for outpatient treatment. If so, oral antibiotics and a liquid diet are advisable until the pain +/- fever resolves. ...Read more

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Are there specialized diets that will treat acute attacks of diverticulitis?

Are there specialized diets that will treat acute attacks of diverticulitis?

Not really, but...: Acute diverticulitis is associated with swelling of the colon that may create a temporary partial blockage of the colon. Therefore, we often advocate no food or just liquids during the initial phase of treatment. When food is resumed, it is common to recommend a low-residue diet early on. After the inflammation resolves, we often recommend high-fiber diets, which may reduce the risk of recurrence. ...Read more

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What to do if I am 33 and i was just treated for diverticulitis, what can I eat?

I generally: Treat diverticulitis with 14 days of antibiotics, a liquid diet until pain and fever and white blood cell count normalize, then a low fiber diet for a full 6 weeks to let colon heal. If you are having repeated episodes of diverticulitis you should consider elective surgery to remove this portion of your colon and avoid future severe attacks or complications. ...Read more

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How is esophageal diverticulitis treated?

Diverticulitis: tge esophagus can have diverticuli but usually in one of two locations. They are both treated surgically. Diverticulitis is an infection of the diverticuli and that usually happens in the colon and not the esophagus. May need more details here ...Read more

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Can sulfamethoxazole treat diverticulitis pain?

Indirectly: This medication is an antibiotic, intended to treat your colon infection, diverticulitis. You likely have a second antibiotic. When your colon responds to the antibiotic and heals, your pain will decrease. Get evaluated sooner if fever or vomiting occur. Take a friend with you to doc appointments. Be well. ...Read more

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Please describe the name of the antibiotics used to treat diverticulitis?

Most often used: Antibiotics for diverticulitis are Levaquin (levofloxacin) and Flagyl or instead of flagyl, cleocin. Treatment is usually for 10 days. These can be taken by mouth. When a patient must be in the hospital on IV drugs, a wide range of choices exists. ...Read more