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Understanding Diverticular Disease, a guide

Diverticular disease encompasses two related conditions: diverticulosis and diverticulitis. While both involve the formation of pouches in the colon, their symptoms and severity differ significantly.

Diverticulosis is characterized by the presence of these pouches, known as diverticula, within the colon. Often, this condition is asymptomatic, meaning that many individuals remain unaware they have it unless it is discovered during routine examinations or imaging tests such as a CT scan. Because diverticulosis typically does not cause pain or discomfort, it can go undiagnosed for a long time.

In contrast, diverticulitis is a more serious condition where the diverticula become inflamed or infected. This inflammation leads to symptoms such as abdominal pain, fever, and changes in bowel habits. Diverticulitis requires medical attention to manage the inflammation and prevent complications. Treatment often involves antibiotics, and, in severe cases, surgery may be necessary.

For those diagnosed with diverticular disease, particularly diverticulitis, professional medical guidance is essential to create an effective treatment plan. It is important to avoid certain treatments, such as colonic therapy, during severe episodes of diverticulitis, as the weakened bowel walls can be further compromised.

Once the acute phase has passed and with a doctor's approval, colonic therapy may be considered. Regular colonic flushes, when done safely, can help maintain bowel health and prevent the buildup of waste that could lead to complications. However, this should only be pursued when the bowel is in a healthier state to avoid exacerbating the condition.

Maintaining colon health through diet, regular check-ups, and appropriate medical treatments is crucial for those with diverticular disease. By managing the condition proactively, individuals can reduce the risk of severe episodes and maintain a better quality of life.

Mania Siapin

Adelaide Colonics


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