Colitis in Dallas, TX
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What is colitis?
Colitis is a disorder that indicates the overall inflammation of the mucosal lining of the colon. Though ulcerative colitis is oftentimes called colitis, these are actually two different conditions. There are various forms of this condition that can cause swelling of the large intestine, in addition to other related signs. A few common types of colitis include:
- Microscopic colitis: Results in persistent loose bowel movements
- Ischemic (ischaemic) colitis: An outcome of poor blood circulation
- Ulcerative colitis (IBD colitis): Leads to irritation and inflammation of the intestinal tract
- Infectious colitis (food poisoning): A result of ingestion of contaminated food or drinks
The skilled doctors at Digestive Health Associates of Texas are ready to treat the various forms of colitis as well as other GI ailments. If you need to locate therapy for colitis in Dallas, TX, or to discuss available treatment choices, we welcome you to request a consultation at a provider near you today.
What can cause colitis?
There are many different reasons why the innermost tissue lining of the large bowel might be inflamed. A few of the most common reasons include:
- Crohn’s disease
- IBD (inflammatory bowel disease)
- Invasion of the colon wall with protein or lymphocytes
- Particular over-the-counter and prescription medicines (frequent medicines bringing on colitis include nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) and mycophenolate)
- Reduction of blood circulation to the intestine (ischemia)
- Infection (as a result of parasites in the intestines)
No matter the cause of your colitis, you can speak to a provider at Digestive Health Associates of Texas who is equipped to treat your illness.
What are the symptoms of colitis?
Signs of potential colitis are:
- Higher than normal body temperature and/or chilling (symptoms of infection)
- Stools with blood
- Swelling or redness of the eyes
- Unexplained weight loss
- Discomfort in/of the joints or abdomen (colon), which can come periodically or be persistent
- Mouth sores
- Sores on the large intestine
- Tenderness in the abdomen
- Watery, loose stool (with or without the presence of blood in bowel movement)
- Out-of-the-ordinary bathroom habits (such as the constant need to eliminate waste)
- Feeling depressed
If you are showing any combination of the listed issues consistently, we invite you to reach out to us and get care with our caring team of Dallas, TX digestive providers.
What are some treatment options for colitis?
Standard therapies across all types of colitis could involve:
- Changes to your diet
- Administering fluids to the body (orally or intravenously)
- Improving essential body functions
- Pain-relieving drugs
- Common inflammatory bowel disease medicines
According to the cause of the colitis, intervention options might vary.
- Ischemic colitis: The normal treatment for ischemic colitis is to add fluids to the body with intravenous therapy and rest the bowel. If blood supply is not improved to the colon, then a surgical procedure might be performed to extract those parts of the large bowel that suffered the loss of blood circulation.
- Infections: If bacteria is the cause of infection, then antibiotics might be the right course of treatment. If the infection is viral, then hydrating the body and allowing time to pass are the ideal methods to resolve the colitis.
- Inflammatory bowel disease: If the source of the inflammation comes as a result of Crohn’s disease or ulcerative colitis, then NSAID drugs might be provided at first and medications that suppress the immune system might be used if needed. A surgical procedure could be necessary based on the severity of the colitis.
- Microscopic colitis: In certain instances, a person's body is capable of healing by itself. It could also be treated with anti-diarrheal drugs as well as particular corticosteroid drugs, alterations to dietary intake, and less frequently, surgical procedures.
For more information about options available to treat colitis in Dallas, TX, contact Digestive Health Associates of Texas today to request a consultation.
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When should I see a specialist about colitis?
Don't hesitate to speak with a gastroenterologist whenever you deal with diarrhea that continues for more than two weeks, stools with blood, fever or dehydration, or severe abdominal discomfort that worsens over time. If you are searching for a gastroenterologist to work with you to alleviate or manage colitis, then you can visit a qualified GI provider at Digestive Health Associates of Texas. Always at the cutting edge of new and growing treatments for colitis and other gastroenterological diseases, our doctors provide thorough care that allows our patients the ability to attain optimal well-being. For specialized colitis care in Dallas, TX, please request a consultation with one of our skilled GI providers at a Digestive Health Associates of Texas location near you today.
Expert treatment for your colitis
If you or a loved one are dealing with the listed uncomfortable symptoms and need assistance with treatment for your colitis in Dallas, TX, we are here to help. The skilled GI specialists at Digestive Health Associates of Texas are at the cutting edge of treatments available for colitis and want to help relieve your symptoms today. To learn more about how we can help you on the road to better GI health, request a consultation today.
Dr. Harry Sarles, Dr. Chris Romine, and staff are the best gastroenterologist around. They treat you with ease & passion. I’ve had Ulcerative Colitis for years, and thought I was going to die, but Sarles & Chris got me on the right medication. I couldn’t eat, leave the house, staying sick, hurt extremely bad, and in the bathroom every hour of the day. Now I’m able to do much of whatever I want with no issues at this time. To me they are my Angels 😇 wether they know it, or not. I can’t thank them enough for saving me from a horrible life i was living! This is not the only colon doctor I’ve had, but I will tell you with a 100% that they are the very best to me, and would not use any other. If your having any colon issues, etc., please go see them in Rockwall, Texas!!!! YOU WIL BE GLAD YOU DID! If I could, I would give 10 stars. Thanks Dr. Sarles & Dr. Chris 👍🏻
The best way to state how I feel about Dr. Odstrcil is to use the words of my very NON-dramatic husband, "Dr. Odstrcil literally saved your life." I had a very active case of pan-colitis which required me to receive blood transfusions every other week, and drop 80+ pounds. There was some improvement by the time I went to see Dr. Odstrcil for a second opinion; however, from the very first visit she would not be satisfied until I was in complete remission. I have been in official remission since February 2013, something my former two doctors could not achieve as they were "waiting for the medicine to work". My husband now also sees Dr. Odstrcil for Gastroesophogeal Reflux Disease. She is the only doctor he would see, and trust. l have witnessed him suffer with likely cases of strep throat and flu because he does not have faith in most doctors. Dr. Odstrcil and her assistant Liz, take time with patients and actually make seeing a GI physician a pleasant experience. Thank you Dr. Odstrcil!
I have been a patient of Dr. Brown’s for five years and he is an awesome doctor! Everyone in his office from the billing department to the nurses are super nice and easy to work with. I used to be terrified of colonoscopies and did everything I could to avoid them, but I have now had two in the past few years. Dr. Brown works with you to prescribe a prep that is easy for you and provides sedation that knocks you out which makes the whole process easier. He listens to your concerns and makes a plan that works best for your needs. He advised for me to take Atrantil for my ulcerative colitis and for the first time in over ten years my ulcerative colitis is completely controlled and I don’t have to take pricey prescription medications. He is a great doctor and I love his PA Meagan. She is very knowledgeable and sweet as well! I would recommend Dr. Brown to everyone!
Made me feel comfortable from the first consultation to the end of the procedure. Highly recommended.
Dr. Shea is a very good doctor and will sit down to listen to your issues. Very informative and well spoken. As a young adult male with Ulcerative Colitis his staff and office is very informative and very nice. I would recommend him to anyone. He’s been my doctor for over 4 years now and I would never go anywhere else.