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What relief is there for Diverticulitis
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Medical
Expert:  Dr. D. Love replied 1 year ago.
Hello from JustAnswer.
A true diverticulitis refers to inflammation that is primarily due to infection. Some people get chronic abdominal symptoms from diverticuli that are not infected, although the more proper term for this is diverticulosis, rather than diverticulitis.
Are you referring to an infection of a diverticulum?
Expert:  Dr. D. Love replied 1 year ago.
I had asked for some clarification and have not heard back.
If this is a true diverticulitis, due to an infection of a diverticulum, it would be important to be treated with an antibiotic. If the infection is more severe, then it may need IV antibiotics. And a severe infection that does not respond well to antibiotics may require surgery. Even with a mild diverticulitis, it would be better to be seen relatively quickly.
However, for diverticulosis, the usual first line treatment would be an increase in fiber in the diet, and it may need a significant amount of fiber, up to 35 grams of fiber. This can be done by high-fiber foods or by using fiber supplements.
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