Inflammatory Bowel Disease Treatment

Can this condition be treated? What Inflammatory Bowel Disease treatment options are available? Learn more below about the current treatments available to patients.


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How to Treat Inflammatory Bowel Disease

Talk with your doctor about the best treatment plan for you. Treatment options include:

Lifestyle Changes

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
  • Corticosteroids
  • Immune system suppressors
  • Antibiotics to kill germs in the intestinal tract
  • Anti-diarrhea medicine
  • Laxatives
  • 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.


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