Colitis in Texas
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What is colitis?
Colitis is a gastrointestinal condition that means the inner lining of the colon is inflamed. While ulcerative colitis is called colitis, it is not actually the same thing.
There are a variety of different types of colitis that can lead to inflammation in an individual's colon as well as create other unique symptoms. Some common types of colitis:
- Ulcerative colitis (IBD colitis): This causes swelling and irritation in the large intestine
- Microscopic colitis: This causes consistent watery diarrhea
- Ischemic (ischaemic) colitis: This is a result of a deficient blood supply
- Infectious colitis (food poisoning): This is caused through the ingestion of viruses and bacteria
The providers at Texas Digestive Disease Consultants are able to treat colitis in Texas, along with other gastrointestinal issues. Contact Texas Digestive Disease Consultants to request a consultation in your area.
What causes colitis?
There are many reasons why the inner lining of your colon could become inflamed. Some of the more common causes are:
- Ischemia (loss of blood supply to the colon)
- Crohn’s disease
- IBD (Irritable bowel disease)
- Allergic reactions
- An infection from parasites invading the body
- Invasion of the colon wall with either collagen or lymphocytic white blood cells
- Certain medications (including nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs such as NSAIDs, and mycophenolate)
No matter what is causing your colitis, you can find a provider at Texas Digestive Disease Consultants who can treat colitis in Texas. Contact a location near you to learn more about the different causes of colitis.
What are the symptoms of colitis?
Symptoms of colitis may include:
- Unexplained weight loss
- Changes in bowel habits
- Constant urge to have a bowel movement
- Fever and/or chills
- Ulcers on the colon
- Pain in the joints or colon (abdomen)
- A tender abdomen
- Blood in the stool
- Eye inflammation
- Canker sores
If you notice any of these symptoms consistently, please call your local Texas Digestive Disease Consultants.
What are the treatment options for colitis?
Some common treatment options for colitis may include:
- Stabilization of vital signs
- Rehydration of the body
- IBD medications
- Changes to the diet
Depending on the cause of your colitis, your treatment options will vary. Some examples include:
- Infections: If an infection is caused by bacteria, antibiotics can be prescribed. If the infection is viral, however, then keeping the body hydrated and allowing time to pass may be suggested.
- IBD: If the reason for your inflammation is a consequence of Crohn’s disease or ulcerative colitis, anti-inflammatory medications may be used; however, medications that suppress your immune system may need to be added. In some cases, surgery may be needed depending on your colitis.
- Ischemic colitis: The most common treatment for ischemic colitis is to hydrate the body with IV fluids and rest the bowel. In cases where blood supply is not restored to the colon, surgery may be needed to remove the parts of the colon that lost blood supply.
- Microscopic colitis: In some cases, the body can heal itself. However, it can also be treated with anti-diarrheal medication, steroids, diet changes, and in some cases, surgery.
Treat your colitis in Texas
You should contact a Texas Digestive Disease Consultants location if you have diarrhea that lasts longer than two weeks, blood in your stool, fever, dehydration, or abdominal pain. Always aiming to provide new and cutting-edge treatments for colitis and other GI conditions, Texas Digestive Disease Consultants is an organization that prides itself on providing patient-centric care for colitis in Texas that can help you achieve a better quality of life. Contact your local Texas Digestive Disease Consultants to request a consultation.
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