Studies show that Ulcerative Colitis patients who have their colons removed are less likely to develop complications if treated with probiotics.
Removal of the colon, and connection of the small intestine to the rectum, cuts out the inflamed portion and relieves symptoms. But often a complication, called pouchitis, occurs, which is often associated with increased stool frequency, rectal bleeding, pain and fever.
Scientists doing research on Ulcerative Colitis patients at the University of Bologna, Italy, have found that giving patients a dose of probiotics – ‘friendly’ bacteria that help colonize the gut in a healthy way – reduces the risk of pouchitis after surgery. The daily packet of bacteria contained 900 billion organisms, consisting of four strains of Lactobacillus , three strains of Bifidobacterium and one of Streptococcus salivarius . Just ten per cent of those on probiotics developed pouchitis, compared to 40 per cent of those on placebo.
After Ulcerative Colitis surgery, pouchitis is normally treated by antibiotics. However, if it becomes chronic, the patient may be faced with long-term treatment, which raises the threat of side effects and resistance. Probiotic treatment looks like a much better option, according to this study.
Ulcerative Colitis affects the large intestine (colon) and the rectum. It causes inflammation of the colon’s inner lining and the rectal wall. The wall becomes red, swollen, and ulcerated, resulting in abdominal pain or cramping, rectal bleeding, whitish mucus, and diarrhea.
Less common are fatigue, appetite loss, and anemia. Some people also have joint pain, redness, swelling, and liver problems
Ulcerative Colitis Signs and Symptoms
Ulcerative Colitis patients experience mild symptoms. Be sure to consult your doctor if you experience any of the following symptoms:
- bowel movements become looser and more urgent
- persistent diarrhea accompanied by abdominal pain and blood in the stool
- stool is generally bloody
- cramp abdominal pain
People suffering from Ulcerative Colitis often experience loss of appetite and may lose weight as a result. A feeling of low energy and fatigue is also common. Among younger children, Ulcerative Colitis may delay growth and development.
The symptoms of Ulcerative Colitis do tend to come and go, with fairly long periods in between flare-ups in which patients may experience no distress at all. These periods of remission can span months or even years, although symptoms do eventually return. The unpredictable course of Ulcerative Colitis may make it difficult for physicians to evaluate whether a particular course of treatment has been effective or not.
Did you know that Ulcerative Colitis can improve with alternative therapies like natural supplements, diet, stress release and others?
Ulcerative Colitis Alternative Therapies:
Many people with inflammatory bowel diseases, Ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s disease, have used some form of alternative or complementary therapy.
- Probiotics. Because bacteria in the intestine have been implicated in ulcerative colitis, researchers suspect that adding more of the beneficial bacteria (probiotics) that are normally found in the digestive tract might help combat the disease.
- Fish oil. Fish oil acts as an anti-inflammatory. IBD patients are helped by reducing inflammation in the digestive tract.
Aloe vera. Aloe vera juice has been purported to have an anti-inflammatory effect for people with ulcerative colitis,. In addition, aloe vera can have a natural laxative effect.
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