"In 2015, an estimated 1.3% of US adults (3 million) reported being diagnosed with IBD (either Crohn’s disease or ulcerative colitis)," according to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention. Dr. Ilyas Memon of Greater Houston Gastroenterology treats Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) at the Woodlands and Conroe, TX, office.
What is Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD)?
Inflammatory bowel disease is the chronic inflammation of the digestive tract that generally comes and goes over time. The two most common types of IBD are ulcerative colitis and Crohn's disease.
Ulcerative colitis is causes long-lasting inflammation and sores in your digestive tract, affecting the innermost lining of your colon and rectum. Crohn's disease is another IBD that also causes inflammation to your digestive tract, which causes abdominal pain, severe diarrhea, fatigue, weight loss and malnutrition.
What are the symptoms of IBD?
What treatments does Dr. Memo provide his Woodlands and Conroe patients?
There is no cure for inflammatory bowel disease, but there are several ways to manage symptoms. Anti-inflammatory drugs, antibiotics, pain relievers, and immune system suppressants can help relieve irritation and pain.
A healthier lifestyle choice can also help. Try to improve your diet. Eat smaller and more frequent meals; take vitamins and other nutritional supplements; and avoid fatty, fried foods, spicy foods, meats, and creamy sauces, among other things. You should speak with your gastroenterologist about a diet plan. Opt for a low-residue diet that includes applesauce, bananas, oatmeal, eggs and mashed potatoes.
Managing your stress may help as well. Try exercising and meditating to help relieve stress and anxiety. If IBD is severe, Dr. Memo may recommend surgery.
Who should you contact?
Are you dealing with IBD? If so, you should contact Dr. Ilyas Memon at either of his office locations: Conroe and the Woodlands, TX. Call (281) 764-9500 today.