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Illinois Gastroenterology Group

Gastroenterology located in Arlington Heights, IL & Elk Grove Village, IL

If you have chronic abdominal pain, diarrhea, and bloody stools, make an appointment with the gastroenterology team at Illinois Gastroenterology Group in Elk Grove and Arlington Heights, Illinois, to talk about colitis. The several types of colitis not only cause disruptive symptoms but can also severely disrupt your health. Call Illinois Gastroenterology Group or schedule a consultation online today.

Colitis Q & A

What is Colitis?

Colitis includes several conditions that cause inflammation in your colon (large intestine). The several types of colitis that range in severity include ulcerative colitis, Crohn’s disease, and ischemic colitis.

Colitis causes many disruptive and uncomfortable symptoms, including:

  • Chronic diarrhea
  • Feeling like you always need to move your bowels
  • Waves of abdominal pain that range in severity
  • Constant abdominal cramping and pain
  • Blood in your stool
  • Nausea

You could also have a fever, chills, and other signs of infection, depending on the type of colitis.

What Causes Colitis?

The different types of colitis have varying causes. For example, infectious colitis is due to a bacterial infection that interferes with the normal function of your colon. 

If you have an overgrowth of bacteria that are normally present in your intestine or if you have invading bacteria, you can develop colitis.

Infectious colitis is both acute and chronic. For example, food poisoning typically passes within a few days but can cause severe colitis, while a bacterial overgrowth can take a long time to develop and last much longer.

Crohn’s disease is a common cause of colitis, which could be due to an autoimmune disorder and made worse by the foods you eat. Ischemic colitis is caused by conditions that reduce blood flow to your colon like anemia and low blood pressure. 

How is Colitis Diagnosed?

If you think you might have colitis or are troubled by colitis symptoms, make an appointment at Illinois Gastroenterology Group. The team offers comprehensive exams and testing to diagnose the condition causing your symptoms. They use blood tests and stool samples to check:

  • Complete blood count
  • Electrolytes
  • Kidney function
  • Proteins produced when inflammation is present

Your provider might also suggest a colonoscopy and a CT scan to examine the inside of your large intestine for signs of inflammation or other conditions that could be causing your symptoms.

How is Colitis Treated?

Treating colitis depends on the condition causing it. For example, your provider can prescribe antibiotics to help you fight off a bacterial infection. Anti-inflammatory medicine can also relieve some of your symptoms. You might also find that changing your diet reduces your symptoms.

If your colon has been damaged, your provider could suggest a surgical procedure to repair or remove the damaged tissue.

Call Illinois Gastroenterology Group or make an appointment online today for expert diagnosis and treatment for colitis.