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Diverticulitis

Medically reviewed by Drugs.com. Last updated on Jul 7, 2024.

What is diverticulitis?

Diverticulitis is a condition that causes small pockets along your intestine called diverticula to become inflamed or infected. This is caused by hard bowel movement, food, or bacteria that get stuck in the pockets.

Diverticula

What are the signs and symptoms of diverticulitis?

How is diverticulitis diagnosed?

Your healthcare provider will examine you. He or she will ask questions about your symptoms and health history. You may need any of the following:

How is diverticulitis treated?

Mild diverticulitis can be treated at home. You may need to rest and follow a clear liquid diet until your diverticulitis gets better. You will be admitted to the hospital if you have severe diverticulitis. You may need any of the following:

Treatment options

The following list of medications are related to or used in the treatment of this condition.

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How can I manage my symptoms?

A clear liquid diet will allow your intestines to heal. A clear liquid diet includes any liquids that you can see through. Examples include water, ginger-ale, cranberry or apple juice, frozen fruit ice, or broth. Ask your healthcare provider for more information on a clear liquid diet.

When should I seek immediate care?

When should I call my doctor?

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