Inflammatory bowel disease  Ailments

We provide comprehensive & personalised Services for many ailments.

Conditions we screen for and treat:

  • Crohn’s disease 
  • Ulcerative Colitis

Chrones Disease

Also called: Inflammatory bowel syndrome IBS
A chronic inflammatory bowel disease that affects the lining of the digestive tract.
Crohn’s disease can sometimes cause life-threatening complications.
Crohn’s disease can cause abdominal pain, diarrhoea, weight loss, anaemia and fatigue. Some people may be symptom-free most of their lives, while others can have severe chronic symptoms that never go away.
Crohn’s disease cannot be cured. Medications such as steroids and immunosuppressants are used to slow the progression of disease. If these aren’t effective, a patient may require surgery. Additionally, patients with Crohn’s disease may need to receive regular screening for colorectal cancer due to increased risk.
Requires a medical diagnosis
Crohn’s disease can cause abdominal pain, diarrhoea, weight loss, anaemia and fatigue. Some people may be symptom-free most of their lives, while others can have severe chronic symptoms that never go away.

People may experience:
Pain areas: in the abdomen, joints, lower abdomen, or rectum
Pain types: can be mild or severe
Gastrointestinal: bloating, bowel obstruction, diarrhoea, nausea, vomiting, or flatulence
Whole body: fatigue, fever, or loss of appetite
Anal: fissures or bleeding
Also common: cramp, depression, flare, mouth ulcer, stunted growth, or weight loss
For informational purposes only. Consult your local medical authority for advice.
Sources: Mayo Clinic and others.
Treatment consists of anti-inflammatory medications
Crohn’s disease cannot be cured. Medications such as steroids and immunosuppressants are used to slow the progression of disease. If these aren’t effective, a patient may require surgery. Additionally, patients with Crohn’s disease may need to receive regular screening for colorectal cancer due to increased risk.

Medications
Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug, Anti-inflammatory, Steroid, Immunosuppressive drug, Vitamin and Antibiotics

Surgery
Bowel resection

Lifestyle drug
Dietary fiber

Medical procedure
Enema

Consult a doctor for medical advice
Sources: Mayo Clinic and others. Learn more
Gastroenterology
Focuses on the digestive system and its disorders.

Nutrition
Specialises in food and diet.

Paediatrics
Provides medical care for infants, children and teenagers.

Primary Care
Prevents, diagnoses and treats diseases.

Surgery
Performs operations to treat disease.

Emergency Medicine
Treats patients in the emergency department.

Irritable Bowel Syndrome

Irritable bowel syndrome
Also called: IBS, spastic colon
An intestinal disorder causing pain in the stomach, wind, diarrhoea and constipation.
The cause of irritable bowel syndrome isn’t well understood. A diagnosis is often made based on symptoms.
Symptoms include abdominal pain, bloating, diarrhoea and constipation.
Some people can control their symptoms by managing diet, lifestyle and stress. Others will need medication and counselling.

Treatment can help, but this condition can’t be cured
Requires a medical diagnosis
Lab tests or imaging rarely required
Chronic: can last for years or be lifelong
For informational purposes only. Consult your local medical authority for advice.
Requires a medical diagnosis
Symptoms include abdominal pain, bloating, diarrhoea and constipation.
People may experience:
Pain areas: in the abdomen
Pain types: can be recurrent in the abdomen
Gastrointestinal: change in bowel habits, constipation, diarrhoea, inability to empty bowels, indigestion, nausea, passing excessive amounts of gas, or urgent need to defecate
Abdominal: cramping or discomfort
Also common: anxiety, appetite loss, depression, discomfort, or symptoms alleviated by defecation
For informational purposes only. Consult your local medical authority for advice.
Treatment consists of self care and therapy
Some people can control their symptoms by managing diet, lifestyle and stress. Others will need medication and counselling.
Lifestyle drug
High fiber diet, Dietary fiber, Physical exercise, Stress management and Relaxation technique
Medications
Antidiarrhoeal, Gut antispasmodic, Laxative, Nerve pain medication, Antibiotics and Dietary supplement
Therapy
Biofeedback, Cognitive behavioral therapy and Brief psychotherapy
Consult a doctor for medical advice

Primary Care
Prevents, diagnoses and treats diseases.
Gastroenterology
Focuses on the digestive system and its disorders.
For informational purposes only. Consult your local medical authority for advice.

Ulcerative colitis

Also called: UC, colitis ulcerosa

A chronic, inflammatory bowel disease that causes inflammation in the digestive tract.
Ulcerative colitis is usually only in the innermost lining of the large intestine (colon) and rectum. Forms range from mild to severe. Having ulcerative colitis puts a patient at increased risk of developing colon cancer.
Symptoms include rectal bleeding, bloody diarrhoea, abdominal cramps and pain.
Treatment includes medication and surgery.

Treatment can help, but this condition can’t be cured
Requires a medical diagnosis
Lab tests or imaging always required
Chronic: can last for years or be lifelong
For informational purposes only. Consult your local medical authority for advice.
Requires a medical diagnosis
Symptoms include rectal bleeding, bloody diarrhoea, abdominal cramps and pain.
People may experience:
Pain areas: in the abdomen, joints, or rectum
Pain types: can be intermittent in the abdomen
Gastrointestinal: bloating, blood in stool, constipation, diarrhoea, inability to empty bowels, leaking of stool, or urgent need to defecate
Whole body: anaemia, fatigue, fever, or loss of appetite
Also common: cramp, primary sclerosing cholangitis, or weight loss
For informational purposes only. Consult your local medical authority for advice.
Treatment consists of anti-inflammatory medications
Treatment includes medication and surgery.

Medications
Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug, Antibiotics, Anti-inflammatory, Immunosuppressive drug, Steroid, Analgesic and Dietary supplement

Surgery
Colostomy, Ileostomy, Colectomy and Proctocolectomy

Palliative care
Intravenous therapy

Medical procedure
Enema

Consult a doctor for medical advice

Gastroenterology
Focuses on the digestive system and its disorders.
Primary Care
Prevents, diagnoses and treats diseases.
Surgery
Performs operations to treat disease.
For informational purposes only. Consult your local medical authority for advice.

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Inflammatory bowel disease (Crohn’s disease and Ulcerative Colitis)