Treat intestinal inflammation: What should be noted?
Before treating an inflammation of the intestine: make a careful diagnosis
- a detailed conversation between doctor and patient to identify possible connections between certain everyday situations and intestinal complaints
- an external examination of the gastrointestinal tract (by palpation) to check it for hardening as a possible cause of pain
- an ultrasound scan, to detect unusual areas on the bowel
- a blood test, in order to detect abnormal blood values
- a stool examination, to determine unusual stool contents
- an examination of the stomach or intestine to identify more precisely any discrepancies detected previously
Inflammation of the bowel: what helps against it?
There are acute and chronic intestinal inflammations. Which therapy is suitable depends on which of these categories the inflammation belongs to. However, both are usually triggered by bacteria or viruses. Acute intestinal inflammations can often be treated quickly if, for example, the consumption of spoiled food is the cause. If the inflammation is only slightly pronounced, a lot of rest, fluids and easily digestible food can promote the recovery of the affected person.
Chronic intestinal diseases are much more difficult to treat. They include Crohn's disease and Ulcerative colitis. Both diseases have similar symptoms to irritated bowel syndrome. In order to prevent confusion, it is important to clarify where the symptoms come from. In the case of severe intestinal inflammation, treatment with certain medications may be advisable, to combat the symptoms. For example, antibiotics or cortisone can be used as anti-inflammatories, paracetamol for pain relief, antispasmodic butylscopalamine or loperamide to combat diarrhoea.
If stress and worries are behind the intestinal problems, those affected should counteract the causes of the psychological stress. Medicines against intestinal bowel inflammation relieve the symptoms, but what helps in the long term with a psychologically conditioned intestinal inflammation is stress reduction. This is the only way to fight the root cause of the complaints. Measures such as autogenic training, progressive muscle relaxation or sport and physical activity can help to cope with stress. In addition, a change in diet can have a positive effect on the symptoms.
What helps best against intestinal inflammation differs from person to person. The personal circumstances and the individual course of the disease play a decisive role. Without medical advice, treating intestinal inflammation with household remedies can be very risky. In the worst case, the wrong treatment can turn a harmless inflammation into a chronic inflammation.
Help with intestinal inflammation: An intestinal self-test
If you think there is a intestinal disorder or food intolerance behind intestinal complaints, you should start by doing a intestinal test. With the self-test INTEST.pro you can quickly determine the individual composition of the intestinal flora: A simple stool sample taken at home is sufficient for the experts in the laboratories of BIOMES to determine what your intestinal flora is like.
You can view the results in a personal, password-protected dashboard area on the BIOMES website. They give information about a possible predisposition to intolerances, your digestion, calorie utilization and vitamin synthesis as well as about the immune defence and the general composition of your intestinal flora. In order for possible intestinal inflammations to be treated professionally, a visit to the doctor is recommended. The doctor will then determine whether the symptoms are a disease, food intolerance or a harmless stomach upset.