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Can you help control flare ups by watching what you eat when you have colitus? In other words can certain foods contribute to the problem?
Diet affects symptom: Mean ulcerative colitis or crohn's colitis, not"spastic" or "mucus" colitis (misnomers for irritable bowel syndrome, no inflammation in the colon)? Diet doesn't cause ibd, but can worsen the symptoms. Diet not worsen the actual inflam. But, it may be helpful to limit fats, land fats (omega 6), emphasize marine fats (omega 3): may help decrease infl. No spicy food. May be lactose intoll ccfa.Org. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Yes and no: We know what happens, but not why. Very briefly, ulcerative colitis (uc) and crohn's are distinct but similar, and involve dysregulation of the immune system in the gut. There are certain genetic risks, but we don't know for sure why the process happens in some people but not others, so in that sense we don't know what directly causes them. See http://tinyurl.Com/6u8bb for more info. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Yes: Fulminant colitis from whatever cause can lead to death from sepsis in the untreated scenerio. Ulcerative colitis can lead to colon cancer over time. C. Diff colitis causes overwhelming infections occasionally in critically ill patients. Colitis requires a thorough examination with colonoscopy and biopsies for proper diagnosis and treatment. ...Read more
Fulminant UC: Ulcerative colitis flares are challenging. If you have frequent flares and they respond to diet improvements (relation to diet non-compliance) then this flair might also respond to diet improvement. However, a uc flair can rapidly deteriorate to fulminant which is life threatening and requires emergent surgery. Best to check in with your doc. A colonoscopy will make the diagnosis. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
None: Crohn's disease's is inherited most of th time. There are environmental, inflammatory and immune sources. Need to chose your parents. ...Read more
My dad is on streoids for colitus and has been diagnosed with diabetes. He still hasnt got any medication for his colitus. What do you recommend?
No data, but: There are some trials underway using helminths (hookworms and whipworms) to try and treat ibd. ...Read more