Inflammatory Bowel Disease Treatment
- What It Is
- Risk Factors
- Living With
- User Questions
- Alternative Treatment
- Care Guide
- Questions for Your Doctor
- When to Contact a Doctor
- Find a Doctor
- Resource Guide
How to Treat Inflammatory Bowel Disease
Talk with your doctor about the best treatment plan for you. Treatment options include:
Eating a healthy diet that is low in fat and rich in fruits and vegetables can control IBD symptoms. Reducing fiber and dairy products in the diet is also recommended.
Reducing stress and getting plenty of rest can also reduce symptoms and flare-ups.
Most medicines for IBD focus on reducing the inflammation that causes symptoms. Medicines include:
- Anti-inflammatory drugs
- Immune system suppressors
- Antibiotics to kill germs in the intestinal tract
- Anti-diarrhea medicine
- Pain relievers
While surgery is not helpful for all types of IBD, surgery to remove the colon is an option for patients who suffer from very severe ulcerative colitis.