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What is diverticulitus of the colon and what do you do to treat it ?


In order to understand Diverticulitis, you need to start from diverticula. Diverticula are small pouches many people have in their colons and that usually don’t cause any symptoms or troubles. The pouches form when naturally weak places in your colon give way under pressure. They may be small at the beginning but grow larger later on.
These pouches can get infected and cause all sorts of trouble. When diverticula (pouches) get infected, it is called Diverticulitis. They usually get infected as parts of stool get lodged in one of the pouches. If this happens, a person may experience severe abdominal pain, fever, nausea and a change in bowel habits.
If a person doesn’t have severe symptoms, they may be treated with rest, changes in your diet and antibiotics. However, those people who start vomiting, develop fever over 100 F, have high white blood cell count and who are at risk of suffering from bowel obstruction or peritonitis may be hospitalized.

Serious cases and those with recurring diverticulitis may have to undergo a surgery to removed the affected part of the bowel.