Diverticulitis is a condition where small pouches (diverticula) that form in the lining of the colon become inflamed or infected. Symptoms of diverticulitis can include:
- Abdominal pain, usually on the left side
- Fever and chills
- Nausea and vomiting
- Diarrhea or constipation
- Bloating and gas
- Loss of appetite
- Rectal bleeding
If you have diverticulitis, your doctor may recommend treatment options such as:
- Antibiotics: If the diverticulitis is caused by a bacterial infection, antibiotics may be prescribed to treat the infection.
- Rest: In most cases, rest and a liquid diet are recommended until symptoms improve.
- Pain relief: Over-the-counter pain relievers such as acetaminophen or ibuprofen may help to relieve abdominal pain.
- Surgery: In some cases, surgery may be necessary to remove the affected part of the colon.
It is important to seek medical attention if you experience any symptoms of diverticulitis, as this condition can lead to serious complications if left untreated.