Colitis Q & A
What is colitis?
Colitis is a general medical term that indicates chronic inflammation of the lining of your digestive system. The inflammation may occur in your small or large intestine and may develop from an infection, injury, or chronic inflammatory bowel disease.
Colitis symptoms vary and may include:
- Pain and tenderness in the abdomen
- Loss of appetite
- Change in bowel habits
- Mucus or blood in your stool
- Diarrhea or constipation
You may also experience symptoms not related to your digestive system, such as joint pain or depression.
If you’re experiencing any of these symptoms, contact the team at Capitol Gastro for an evaluation.
What are the types of colitis?
There are many types of colitis. Some of the most common include:
- Ulcerative colitis
- Crohn’s disease
- Infectious colitis
- Ischemic colitis
- Chemical colitis
- Atypical colitis
Your specialist at Capitol Gastro conducts a comprehensive examination to determine the type of colitis causing your symptoms to ensure you get the most effective treatment.
What is ulcerative colitis?
Ulcerative colitis refers to inflammation and swelling that occur in your large intestine. It’s a type of inflammatory bowel disease that may ultimately lead to the development of ulcers in the tissue. Ulcerative colitis is a chronic disease, but the team at Capitol Gastro can provide treatment to help you manage the condition and prevent flare-ups and damage to your digestive tissue.
How is colitis diagnosed?
Your specialist at Capitol Gastro conducts a comprehensive examination when you come to the office with complaints of abdominal pain and bowel changes. In addition to a physical exam and review of your symptoms and medical history, your specialist may recommend various tests to confirm or rule out other causes of your symptom, such as:
- Fecal test
- Blood test
These tests may also help determine the underlying cause of your inflammation.
What treatments can help improve my colitis?
Your specialist at Capitol Gastro develops a personalized treatment plan to manage your colitis based on the underlying cause and your symptoms. Treatment may include:
- Antibiotics for an infection
- Disease-specific medication for inflammatory bowel disease
- Diet modification
Your specialist closely monitors your response to treatment and makes adjustments as needed.
For expert colitis care, call Capitol Gastro today.