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Yes: Why laxatives have to be abused, first cause of the constipation is to be determined by your physician, by exam and tests including colonoscopy for malignancy, anorectal motility studies. Some laxatives that stimulate the colon like seneca etc by constant stimulation colonic mucosa will be damaged permanently and may result colitis. ...Read more
Get checked out: If u r looking for powerful laxatives, I assume you feel very constipated or are looking to "cleanse." if the latter, please reconsider & check out numerous healthtap answers that point to problems with colon cleansers--don't use them! If constipation is new, has significantly worsened, is accompanied by distension, vomiting, fever, pain, esp. If "colitis" (inflamed colon) is present, see doctor. ...Read more
My husband has a hard time using the bathroom. He has to use laxatives and stool softners. He has had alcerative colitis in the past but does not show it now. What else could be wrong.?
I'm really constipated from colitis. My friend told me to take laxatives? I've been taking miralax (polyethylene glycol) & probiotics. Should I take a laxative too?
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
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
It is an illness with diarrhea and fever, that usually follows antibiotic treatment for some other infection. Clostridium difficile is often a hospital acquired infection. Treatment is usually with an antibiotic though fecal transplant is helpful in some patients. See this site for more information.
http://www. Cdc. Gov/hai/organisms/cdiff/Cdiff-patient. Html ...Read more
-itis = inflammation: Inflammation of the colon. Inflammation of the inner lining can cause bleeding, diarrhea and bloating. Inflammation can also extend through all the layers in severe cases resulting in the need for emergency surgery. Common types are diverticulitis, infectious colitis (viral, bacterial - "c diff"), inflammatory (crohn's and ulcerative), some medication induced, and others. ...Read more
Depends: A complete and correct diagnosis of colitis, depending on the cause is best treated with proper medication and diet and close follow up with your doctor. But the first step is making the correct diagnosis. Colitis is a general term meaning inflammation of the colon. There are numerous types and causes and different treatments, so get to a specialist. ...Read more
Infection: Pseudomembranous colitis is an infection of the colon due to overgrowth of a bad bacteria, clostridium difficele. It causes inflammation of the lining of the colon, diarrhea, dehydration, water loss, possibly can result in bacteria and the toxin it produces getting into the blood stream. Usually caused from antibiotics that destroyed the normal bacteria in the colon. Treated with Flagyl or vancomy. ...Read more