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How do you treat diverticulitis?

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Depending on the severity of diverticulitis, it may be treated at home with antibiotics, pain relievers and diet, or it may require aggressive treatment methods such as IV administered antibiotics, the insertion of drain tubes if abscess develops and surgery. Diverticulitis is a medical condition that is characterized by the inflammation or infection of the diverticula, which are small, marble-like pouches located on the lower part of the large intestines. People develop diverticula after the age of 40, but they rarely cause any problems.

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Among the symptoms of diverticulitis are pain in the lower left section of the abdomen (or sometimes the right side in people with Asian lineage), nausea, vomiting, fever and abdominal tenderness. For mild cases of diverticulitis, doctors will prescribe antibiotics to treat the infection. Doctors may also recommend a liquid diet for the patient until the symptoms improve.

The following are some ways of relieving the pain associated with mild diverticulitis.

Heating pad

Apply a heating pad to the abdomen. This will help relieve the pain and cramps.

Breathing techniques

Relaxation techniques such as deep breathing and meditation will help reduce mild pain.

Pain medication

Use over-the-counter pain medications such as acetaminophen to help manage the pain.

If these home treatment methods do not work and the pain does not improve, the diverticulitis may require more aggressive treatment options such as IV antibiotic administration, draining of an abscess or surgery.

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