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.
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.
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:
You might also experience frequent urges to have a bowel movement.
At Illinois Gastroenterology Group, the team treats many different types of colitis, including:
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.
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.