Do probiotics help with inflammatory bowel disease?

VERY LITTLE. Anecdotal evidence. Large prospective studies are lacking support so far, but i guess it wouldn't hurt to try if all else fails?

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Do pre- and probiotics help with inflammatory bowel disease?

Probiotics and IBD. One of the different theories about the mechanism of disease in ibd is the interaction of the gut flora and the lining of the bowel. There are instances on which the bowel flora could make the inflammation worse and probiotics may be able to modifiy the flora and decrease the inflammation. Read more...

Could pre-biotics and probiotics help with inflammatory bowel disease?

Maybe. There is decent evidence that probiotics can help with ulcerative colitis and excellent evidence that it can help with patients after colectomy when they only have a surgical pouch left over. In Crohn's disease, the data do not support their use. Read more...

How can I treat inflammatory bowel disease?

Various medication. The two most common inflammatory bowel disease are ulcerative colitis and crohns disease. After diagnosis by your GI doctor, you will be recommended to take Asacol (mesalamine) or its variants and may require steroids and some higher order anti-inflammatories. Do not take Aspirin or nsaids which can worsen the problem. These are chronic diseases which flare up and down. Read more...
Medications. Variety of medications that will try to down regulate the inappropriate immune response found in ibd. Mesalamine (ie 5asa) products are a mainstay for uc and crohn's colitis. Other medications include immunosuppresant agents such as 6mp, immuran as well as biologic agents such as remicdae or humira (adalimumab). Steroids such as Prednisone are used in severe flares, but a not a long term option. Read more...

How can inflammatory bowel disease be diagnosed?

Usually by . Biopsy at endoscopy if it is colon. If it is ileum or small intestine, contrast x-rays or ct. Blood tests are sometimes helpful but not diagnostic. Read more...

What are best tests for inflammatory bowel disease?

See your doctor. A physical examination by your doctor is a place to start. Sometimes an x-ray such as small bowel series, and referral to a gastroenerologist for endoscopy and/or colonoscopy with biopsies may be indicated. Read more...

What medicines are treat inflammatory bowel disease?

Many. Gi anti-inflammatory ( 5-asa, mesalamine), steroids (prednisone, budesonide), immunosuppressants (azathioprine, cyclosporine) and biologics (infliximab) are the most common meds used for ibd. Depends on your symptoms and clinical response, combination treatment is common. You need to work closely with your doctor. Read more...