Colitis refers to a number of conditions that cause inflammation to the lining of the colon. If you experience symptoms like abdominal pain and bloody stool, the board-certified gastroenterology specialists at Illinois Gastroenterology Group in Gurnee, Evanston, Skokie, Libertyville, Lindenhurst, Highland Park, & Lincoln Park, Chicago, Illinois, can provide you with an accurate diagnosis and the right treatment to relieve your symptoms. To discuss your condition, call or schedule an appointment online.
There are many different types of colitis. The cause of the inflammation to the lining of the colon determines the classification. The different types of colitis include:
Although some types of colitis are more common than others, they all result in inflammation of the colon. Lack of blood to the colon, infection, inflammatory bowel disease, and abnormal immune responses can all cause colitis.
The symptoms of colitis depend on the severity of your inflammation. Symptoms of colitis include:
If you experience concerning symptoms or changes to your bowel functions, the gastroenterology experts at Illinois Gastroenterology Group can provide you with an in-depth evaluation of your digestive health.
Untreated colitis can increase your risk for gastrointestinal perforation (ruptured bowels), infections of the digestive tract, and dilatation of the colon.
Treatment for colitis depends on the cause of your condition. Your doctor begins your diagnosis with a physical exam and discussion of your symptoms and medical history.
Confirming your diagnosis may require a number of tests, including an X-ray, colonoscopy, stool test, and blood test.
Illinois Gastroenterology Group specializes in high quality, evidence-based gastrointestinal care. Your board-certified specialist develops a treatment plan based on your personal health, diagnosis, and severity of your symptoms.
Depending on the cause of your condition, there are a number of effective ways to treat colitis. Treatment typically begins with conservative methods.
In cases of mild colitis, giving yourself some rest can help clear up your symptoms. Dietary changes can also help relieve inflammation of the colon.
If an infection causes your condition, antibiotics can clear the infection and return your digestive functions to normal. Increased fluid intake can also help your body fight off infections, rest the bowel, and prevent dehydration.
Anti-inflammatory or immunosuppressant medications often treat colitis caused by inflammatory bowel disease. In rare cases, surgery is needed to treat colitis.
To discuss the right treatment for colitis, call Illinois Gastroenterology Group or book an appointment online.