Ulcerative colitis is usually isolated to the large and small intestines as

Ulcerative colitis is usually isolated to the large

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ulcerative colitis, or crohn’s disease. Ulcerative colitis is usually isolated to the large and small intestines as well as the rectum and anus, characterized by inflammation and sores of the innermost lining of the intestines, while crohn’s disease behaves the same way with sores and lesions, but can occur anywhere on the digestive tract (Mayo Clinic, n.d.a). IBS is a chronic condition which will usually involve the large intestine or colon and does not involve any sores or lesions as IBD does (Hammer & McPhee, 2014). Treatment similarities and differences The treatment for IBD and IBS can be very different because of the root causes of both conditions. With IBS, much of the treatment focuses on relieving symptoms and preemptively avoiding triggers which can cause IBS to flare up in an individual. By avoiding foods which trigger the IBS symptoms, exercising regularly, sleeping well, and reducing stress, an individual
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3 can limit the chronic condition and lead a healthy lifestyle (Mayo Clinic, n.d.b). Even though there are medications an individual can use that can help manage IBS, with IBD medication is something that the treatment is much more reliant upon. With IBD, anti-inflammatory drugs can be prescribed sometimes along with immunosuppressants which target the immune response causing the inflammation of the intestines. When treatment with dietary changes and medication
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  • Fall '17
  • keisha lovence
  • Gastroenterology, Irritable bowel syndrome, Ulcerative colitis, Crohn's disease, bowel disease, bowel syndrome

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