Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) refers to a group of intestinal disorders that cause protracted inflammation of the digestive tract which includes the mouth, oesophagus, stomach, small intestine, and large intestine. This upsets the normal functioning of the digestive tract of breaking down food, extracting the nutrients, and removing waste products.
Inflammatory bowel diseases or IBD refers to
Possible inflammatory bowel diseases causes are:
Inflammatory bowel disease symptoms range from mild to severe depending on the location of the inflammation. Some signs and symptoms that are common to both Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis:
At Medcare, you can get thorough diagnostics and specialist advice to establish whether you suffer from inflammatory bowel disease and what are the underlying causes:
A: No they’re quite different. IBS is a functional disorder which causes discomfort and pain but is not a serious condition. Inflammatory bowel disease causes inflammation, ulcers and damage to the bowel.
A: Your inflammatory bowel disease treatment may need you to take maintenance medications that reduce the episodes of flaring up. Some medications need to be taken so that antibodies don’t develop against the medicine. If these antibodies are allowed to develop, they can cause an allergic reaction and reduce the efficacy of the treatment.
A: While the connection between stress and inflammatory bowel diseases has not been proven conclusively, there is increasing evidence that stress aggravates any chronic condition. If you feel highly stressed, then do focus on stress management, in addition to managing your inflammatory bowel disease.
A: First and foremost, keep a food diary to track what foods cause an increase in your symptoms. Reduce the intake of dairy products, raw fruits and raw vegetables. Avoid fatty, fried and spicy foods, alcohol and caffeine as these may make your signs and symptoms worse, so are not recommended in an irritable bowel disease diet.