An inflamed pancreas, a condition known as pancreatitis, is treated with IV pain medications, diet changes and removal of the underlying cause, as stated by WebMD. Pancreatitis that occurs suddenly and for a short time is known as acute pancreatitis while attacks that last for extended times are known as chronic pancreatitis. Treatment varies based on the type of pancreatitis.
Acute pancreatitis is caused by infections, heavy alcohol consumption, gallstones and metabolic disorders. Removing the gallbladder clears up cases caused by gallstones. Medications to treat infections and metabolic disorders fix these underlying causes.
Chronic pancreatitis can be caused by diet, alcohol abuse and smoking. Consuming a diet low in fat and ceasing offending activities helps relieve the symptoms.