Font Size

Irritable Bowel Syndrome (cont.)

Irritable Bowel Syndrome Prevention

Follow the diet and lifestyle recommendations as outlined above, and as discussed with your physician. Avoiding triggers is the best way to prevent symptoms of IBS.

Irritable Bowel Syndrome Prognosis

Because irritable bowel syndrome is a chronic (long-term) disease, symptoms usually return from time to time. This may be influenced by factors such as stress, diet, or other environmental causes. No known treatment cures IBS. Multiple factors may play a role in aggravating IBS, so it may be difficult to predict which may make IBS worse for a particular person. Establishing a good relationship with a doctor may help alleviate concerns over symptoms and allow rapid recognition of changing or worsening symptoms.


George Aragon, MD, Deborah B. Graham, MD, Marie Borum, MD, EdD, MPH, and David B. Doman, MD, FACP, FACG. Probiotic Therapy for Irritable Bowel Syndrome. January 2010. 26 June 2015 <>.

Jeffrey S. Hyams, M.D. Irritable Bowel Syndrome in Children. 25 June 2014. 26 June 2015 <\>.

National Cancer Institute. "What are cruciferous vegetables?" June 7, 2012.

United States Department of Agriculture. "Beans and are unique foods."

Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 7/8/2015
Medical Editor:

Must Read Articles Related to Irritable Bowel Syndrome

Constipation (Adults)
Constipation in Adults Constipation in adults refers to difficulty in passing stools or a decrease in the frequency of bowel movements. Causes of constipation in adults include a poor...learn more >>
Constipation in Children
Constipation in Children Constipation in children affects up to 10% of children at any given time. Causes of constipation in infants and children include a willfulness to avoid the toil...learn more >>
Diarrhea Diarrhea can be caused by bacterial or viral infections, parasites, intestinal diseases or conditions, reactions to medications, and food intolerance. Symptoms ...learn more >>

Patient Comments & Reviews

The eMedicineHealth doctors ask about Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS):

Irritable Bowel Syndrome - Symptoms

What are your irritable bowel syndrome symptoms?

Irritable Bowel Syndrome - Diagnosis

How was the diagnosis of your irritable bowel syndrome established?

Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) - Experience

Please share your experience with IBS.

Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) - Diet

What foods aggravate IBS? What foods and lifestyle changes have helped you mange IBS?

Read What Your Physician is Reading on Medscape

Irritable Bowel Disease »

Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is a functional GI disorder characterized by abdominal pain and altered bowel habits in the absence of specific and unique organic pathology.

Read More on Medscape Reference »

Medical Dictionary