Inflammatory Bowel Disease: Insights Into Crohn’s and Ulcerative Colitis

Inflammatory bowel disease, also known as IBD, can cause significant gastrointestinal problems. Fortunately, your gastroenterologist is an expert in the treatment of IBD and can help lessen your symptoms. The gastroenterologists at Alaska Digestive & Liver Disease provide a wide range of GI services, including diagnosis and treatment of irritable bowel disease, Crohn’s disease, and ulcerative colitis. They have two convenient office locations in Anchorage, and Eagle River, AK, and proudly serve residents of Anchorage, Wasilla, Palmer, and Mat-Su Valley areas.

What You Need to Know about Inflammatory Bowel Disease 

Inflammatory bowel disease is a collective term that includes both Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis. The exact cause of IBD is unknown, however, it could be caused by an immune system problem or a genetic disorder. IBD results in chronic inflammation of part or all of your digestive tract. The symptoms of IBD can vary from person to person, with some of the most common symptoms including:

  • Anemia
  • Fever
  • Fatigue
  • Chronic diarrhea
  • Frequent abdominal cramping
  • Blood in your stool
  • Reduced appetite causing weight loss

To manage IBD, including Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis, dietary modifications are the foundation of treatment. You need to:

  • Eat small meals
  • Eat low-fat foods
  • Eliminate or reduce dairy products
  • Avoid spicy foods, alcohol, and caffeine

Your gastroenterologist may recommend a consultation with a dietician to help you establish meal plans that won’t irritate your digestive system. Reducing stress is another important way to help reduce symptoms. Your gastroenterologist may recommend yoga, deep breathing exercises, meditation, and an exercise program to help you stay healthy.

To treat IBD, including Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis, your gastroenterologist may recommend:

  • Antibiotics
  • Anti-inflammatory medication
  • Immune system suppressant medication
  • Anti-diarrheal medications
  • Pain relieving medications
  • Iron and calcium supplements

In severe cases, surgery may be necessary to remove damaged tissue in your digestive system. Your gastroenterologist can discuss this option with you.

Want To Know More About IBD, Crohn’s Disease, and Ulcerative Colitis?

To find out more about the causes, signs, symptoms, and treatment of inflammatory bowel disease or IBD, Crohn’s disease, and ulcerative colitis, talk with the experts. Call the gastroenterologists at Alaska Digestive & Liver Disease, with offices in Anchorage, and Eagle River, AK, proudly serving residents of Anchorage, Wasilla, Palmer, and Mat-Su Valley areas. You can reach them in both office locations by calling (907) 569-1333, so call today.


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