How to Treat Irritable Bowel Symptoms?

Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is a common disorder that affects the large intestine.  It’s a chronic condition with symptoms including cramping, abdominal pain, bloating, gas, diarrhea, constipation. But for most of people the IBS symptoms are mild.

Symptoms:

IBS signs and symptoms vary among people. The most common include:

  • Abdominal pain, cramping, bloating
  • Excess gas
  • Diarrhea or constipation, or alternating bouts of diarrhea and constipation
  • Mucus in the stool

Triggers:

IBS can be triggered by food, stress, or hormones. Usually young female has higher risk of IBS, especially with a family history or under stress, anxiety, depression. People with a history of sexual, physical or emotional abuse also have high risk of IBS.

When to see a doctor:

IBS doesn’t cause changes in bowel tissue or increase your risk of colorectal cancer. But if you start to feel below signs it’s recommended that you visit your doctor.

  • Weight loss
  • Diarrhea at night
  • Rectal bleeding
  • Iron deficiency anemia
  • Unexplained vomiting
  • Difficulty swallowing
  • Persistent pain that isn’t relieved by passing gas or a bowel movement


What will help?

  • Relaxation – IBS is highly related to stress so managing stress is an effective way to relieve the symptoms. People can try counseling, or relaxation exercises, or meditation.
  • Probiotics – some IBS are related with infection of intestine, or change of bacteria in gut. Taking probiotics can help balance the microflora and relieve the symptoms.

 

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* The Content is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.