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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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Dr. Eric Kaplan
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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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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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Will i be able to treat a diverticulitis attack at home?

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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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

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How to treat an abscess caused by diverticulitis?

How to treat an abscess caused by diverticulitis?

Three Options: A diverticular abscess is a collection of pus resulting from an acute perforation of the colon after a 'tic ruptures. If small, (IV) antibiotics alone may suffice. If it is bigger than an inch-or-two, drainage (plus abx) is required. Ideally, drainage is done by an interventional radiologist via ct-guidance; however, if the abscess cannot be accessed in this manner, surgical drainage is necessary. ...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?

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

Most often used: Antibiotics for diverticulitis are Levaquin 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

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Could I use doxycycline to treat diverticulitis?

Yes: general info many different antibiotics can be used for divertiulitis ...Read more

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Been taking Flagyl and keflex for diverticulitis have developed a yeast infection, can I take fluconazole along with my antibiotics to treat it?

Been taking Flagyl and keflex for diverticulitis have developed a yeast infection, can I take fluconazole along with my antibiotics to treat it?

Yes: Fluconazole can be taken along with Keflex and flagyl. Stop the Macrobid you list as taking. This drug has many toxicities and is only a urinary antiseptic which does not achieve therapeutic tissue levels. It is only used to treat or prevent bladder infections. You certainly don't need to take it while you are on the other antibiotics. ...Read more

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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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