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Diverticulosis and Diverticulitis (cont.)

Diverticulitis Medical Treatment

Diverticulosis with symptoms is usually treated as follows. This therapy is designed to soften stools and help them pass faster, which removes the conditions that cause diverticula in the first place.

  • High-fiber diet: Some health care practitioners recommend a fiber supplement to prevent constipation.
  • Clear fluids
  • Mild pain medications

Treatment for diverticulitis depends on the severity of the condition.

  • Simple cases can be treated by a health care practitioner at his or her office.
  • Treatment for uncomplicated cases usually consists of antibiotics and bowel rest. This usually involves two to three days of bowel rest, taking in only clear fluids (no food at all), so the colon may heal without having to work.
  • Complicated cases typically involve severe pain, fever, or bleeding. If an individual has any of these symptoms, he or she will probably be admitted to the hospital. Treatment consists of IV antibiotics, bowel rest, and possibly surgery.
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 5/29/2014
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