YOUNG ADULT PROBLEMS: COLITIS

Colitis literally refers to ltis’ (inflammation) of the colon (large intestine). Colitis is not an uncommon feature at any age and mild forms are created by eating a diet too high in acid or alkali, the ingestion of drugs, allergic foods and infections caused by bacteria, fungi and viruses.

Colitis usually presents as a mild pain and some diarrhoea and is self-limiting, lasting less than 24 hours. Any persistence of mild colitis should be seen by a healthcare professional.

If there is a suggestion of ulcerative colitis begins. The condition is characterized by pain, diarrhoea, bleeding and weight loss. Flatulence, fever and lethargy are all associated.

There are genetic predispositions and the problem usually shows itself between the ages of 15 and 30 years. There is a higher incidence in the Jewish race and slightly more in the female population.

The causes and treatments are the same as in ulcerative colitis, .

RECOMMENDATIONS

Review the food eaten over the 24hr previous to the pain or discomfort and avoid these if there seems to be a correlation.

Take a good form of Acidophilus with each meal for one week.

Do not use colonic enemas in Crohn’s disease unless the large intestine (colon) is particularly affected, and only under medical advice.

More so than in ulcerative colitis, a link has been found between Crohn’s disease and a bacterium called Mycobacterium paratuberculosis, found in cow’s milk and tap water. These two drinks and any cow’s milk products should be avoided.

If alternative treatments used for ulcerative colitis do not work, then the antibiotics rifabutin and clarithromycin have shown profound improvements. Complementary therapies to offset the side effects of these strong antibiotics are recommended.

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