Colitis Specialists

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Illinois Gastroenterology Group

Gastroenterology located in Oak Lawn, Oakbrook Terrace & Palos Heights, IL

Colitis is an umbrella term used to describe an inflammation of the colon. Colitis can develop for a variety of reasons, including infections and autoimmune reactions, but regardless of the cause, it always requires prompt medical treatment. At Illinois Gastroenterology Group in Oak Lawn, Oakbrook Terrace and Palos Heights, Illinois, the expert gastroenterologists specialize in the diagnosis and treatment of many types of colitis. Book your appointment today by calling the office nearest you or requesting an appointment online.

Colitis Q & A

What is Colitis?

On the most basic level, colitis is an inflammation of your large intestine. The many types of colitis include ulcerative colitis, Crohn’s colitis, infectious colitis, and lymphocytic colitis.  

What are the Symptoms of Colitis?

The symptoms of colitis depend on the type of colitis that you have. However, almost all people with colitis suffer from abdominal pain and diarrhea. Other telltale signs include: 

  • Blood in your stools
  • Stomach cramps
  • Fever
  • Chills

You might also experience frequent urges to have a bowel movement. 

What Types of Colitis Can I Get Treatment For?

At Illinois Gastroenterology Group, the team treats many different types of colitis, including:

  • Infectious Colitis: Your gut is home to millions of bacteria that boost your immune system and help your body function. However, if something disrupts the bacterial balance in your gut, it might cause an infection, and in turn, inflammation.
  • Ischemic Colitis: Ischemic colitis occurs if your large intestine doesn’t receive adequate blood supply. Without proper blood flow, your colon can’t access the vitamins and nutrients it needs, and this causes inflammation. Common causes of ischemic colitis include high blood pressure and anemia.
  • Inflammatory Bowel Disease: Certain intestinal problems like Crohn’s disease and irritable bowel syndrome cause chronic inflammation, or colitis, as part of their symptoms. If you’ve been diagnosed with either of these conditions, you’re also at a higher risk of colitis.
  • Microscopic Colitis: Microscopic colitis is a rare type of colitis that develops when collagen or lymphocytes infiltrate the wall of your colon.

How Do I Confirm a Diagnosis of Colitis?

To diagnose colitis, your Illinois Gastroenterology Group provider performs a physical exam, reviews your medical history, and asks about your symptoms. To determine the type of colitis that you have, they might also order a complete blood count (CBC), kidney function test or stool sample analysis. Your provider might also order a series of X-rays to get a closer look at your abdominal structures. 

What Determines the Best Treatment for Colitis?

Treatment for colitis depends on the type of colitis you have and the severity of the symptoms you experience. Whenever possible, the team recommends conservative measures of care such as dietary changes, rest, and drinking plenty of fluids. 

If your symptoms persist or become worse, there are a number of prescription medications that can help ease inflammation and pain. 

To learn more about treatment for colitis, make an appointment at Illinois Gastroenterology Group today. Call or use the online booking tool to begin.