The Doctors: Diverticulosis vs. Diverticulitis
Doctors viewer Tom was so embarrassed by his TMI Tuesday problem, he wouldn’t reveal his identity. As it turns out, though, Tom’s concern was a lot more common than he believed. Gastroenterologist Dr. Jorge Rodriguez appeared to explain more about Tom’s condition, diverticulosis. Tom was afraid that he may need a colostomy bag one day.
To help Tom understand his condition, Dr. Rodriguez explained diverticulosis vs. diverticulitis. If a word ends in “-itis," it means infection or inflammation. Therefore, diverticulitis is an infection or inflammation of diverticula.
A person with diverticulosis has little pouches on their colon caused by spasms. Most of the time it’s asymptomatic, so someone could have diverticulosis their entire life without even knowing it. Diverticulosis is diagnosed with a colonoscopy.
The Drs: Diverticulitis Treatment
The first treatment for diverticulitis is antibiotics, but eventually, the pouched may need to be removed surgically. A colostomy bag is very rare, especially in someone with diverticulosis. Dr. Rodriguez suggested that a lifestyle change, plus an increase in fluids and fiber, could decrease Tom’s flare-ups. He shouldn’t worry too much about needing a colostomy bag in the future.
The Doctors: Symptoms Of Dehydration
The Doctors later received an email question regarding an unfortunate health situation that everyone can relate to: being so sick that it’s “coming out of both ends." If you have a virus, bacteria or food poisoning, you’ll probably be quarantined in the bathroom for quite some time. The results are unpleasant, to the say the least, but can also lead to dehydration, which is a serious health concern.
Dr. Travis Stork revealed that a 160 pound person can lose up to 5.8 liters of water from vomiting and diarrhea. Staying hydrated is key, but it’s not always easy when you can’t keep foods or liquids down. He suggested taking small sips of water throughout the day. If you attempt to drink a full can of ginger ale, for example, it will most likely come right back up.
To keep sick children hydrated, Dr. Jim Sears suggests that parents use ice chips and popsicles. Look for signs of dehydration such as a dry diaper, sunken eyes or crying without tears in small children. For adults, these symptoms can be dry mouth, dizziness and low blood pressure. Pregnant women will oftentimes require hospitalization.