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Inflammatory Bowel Disease: Diagnosing and Treatment

Inflammatory bowel disease is a term used to describe a group of disorders that cause varying degrees of inflammation and ulceration within the digestive tract. The two main types include ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s disease. Within each type, specific disorders are defined according to the extent of the inflammation or the specific areas affected. Symptoms and Causes of Inflammatory Bowel Disease Ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s disease are similar in many ways. They both cause inflammation, […]

Diverticulosis – Complications, Symptoms and Treatment

Diverticulosis is a condition when pea-sized outpouchings develop in the gut wall, most likely in the colon. It is a widespread condition, though it often remains unrecognized. It is estimated that in Western countries 10% of people over 40 years of age develop diverticula. By the time they reach age 60 or 70 more than half the population can expect to have the condition. The term diverticula, which gave the name to diverticulosis, refers to […]

Lactose Intolerance or Milk Allergy? Tests and Diet

Many people believe that they are allergic to milk because whenever they ingest milk or any dairy product, such as yoghurt, cheese or even an ice cream, they experience bloating, gassy stomach pain and diarrhea. Some really are allergic to milk and should better avoid it. But most of them have a common digestive disorder called lactose intolerance. Lactose intolerance is actually not an allergy but one of the most common forms of enzyme deficiency. […]

Causes and Treatments of Constipation

Constipation is the name given to infrequency of bowel movements. Some people wrongly assume that in order to prevent constipation they must have a bowel movement every day. In fact a person can only be clinically defined as constipated if they have fewer than three bowel movements a week. . The full, clinical definition of constipation is having two out of the following five symptoms over a period of at least twelve weeks out of […]

Diarrhea – Types, Causes, Diagnosis and Treatment

Diarrhea is an increase in the frequency of bowel movements and the liquidity of stool. In patients with diarrhea, defecation may occur more than three times a day and firmness of stool can range from soft to liquid in texture. Diarrhea is due to a disruption of the digestive process. It occurs when too much of unabsorbed fluid remains in the intestines. When this occurs, the stool that is passed through the anus is loose […]

Common Causes of Nausea and Vomiting

Nausea is a feeling of sickness or discomfort in the abdomen, which is usually accompanied by the urge to vomit. It is often related to a decrease of the normal motility in the stomach and may or may not eventually lead to vomiting. Vomiting can be characterised as the involuntary expulsion of the stomach contents through one’s mouth. People experience occasional episodes of nausea or vomiting for various reasons. Bouts of nausea and vomiting are […]

Appendicitis – Symptoms, Diagnosis and Treatment

Appendicitis is an inflammation of the appendix, a worm-shaped pouch attached to the colon on the lower right side of the abdomen. Although this small organ serves no known purpose today, it is believed that at one time in the past the appendix may have played a role in digestion. Sometimes, the appendix becomes inflamed and fills with pus. At this stage it causes sudden pain that begins near the belly button and gradually moves […]

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