Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) Sitemap - Page 1 2016-09-26

Normal And Abnormal Bowel Movement Videos
What is a normal bowel movement? What does a black or a green bowel movement indicate? Learn answers to these questions and more in these videos about bowel movements.

How You Can Eat Out When You Have IBD
Eating at home is difficult enough, so how you do eat out at a restaurant when you have inflammatory bowel disease (IBD)? Learn how here.

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Tips To Make Life With IBD More Bearable
Life with IBD is challenging, so use these tips to help yourself deal with common problems that may have simple solutions.

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Tips To Make Life With IBD More Bearable
Life with IBD is challenging, so use these tips to help yourself deal with common problems that may have simple solutions.

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Tips To Make Life With IBD More Bearable
Life with IBD is challenging, so use these tips to help yourself deal with common problems that may have simple solutions.

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Winter Toilet Paper Tube Crafts
Here are some crafts you can make with those leftover toilet paper rolls.

Are You Missing Signs Of Digestive Disease?
The color scheme of your bathroom could be preventing you from seeing symptoms of digestive disease. Find out why.

How Resection Surgery Affects Crohn's Disease
During resection surgery for Crohn's disease, the diseased portion of the intestine is removed, and the two healthy ends are reattached.

Tips For The Holidays With IBD
The holidays don't have to full of stress, worry, and overspending. Start today and keep yourself healthy despite having inflammatory bowel disease (IBD).

Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) Videos
If you prefer to watch informational videos, there are several available about IBD basics, mucus in stool, bowel blockages, and preparing for a colonoscopy.

Staying Married to Someone with IBD
A relationship with someone who has inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) is challenging. Here is advice from a couple coping with ulcerative colitis.

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10 Tips For Keeping New Year's Resolutions
Without support, most people find keeping resolutions difficult. Here are tips that will help you keep New Year's resolutions long after January 1st.

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Facts You Should Know About Colon and Rectal Cancer
Rates of colon cancer have been decreasing in recent years. How many cases of colon and rectal cancer and how many deaths will there be this year?

Women Are Just As Likely As Men To Develop Colon Cancer
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Lower Your Risk of Colon Cancer With Exercise And Weight Loss
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Do You Have Any Of These Risk Factors For Colon Cancer?
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A Colectomy Is Not The Most-Used Surgery To Treat Colon Cancer
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How To Deal With Bullying And Teasing
Kids with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) may be bullied and teased. Learn some coping techniques that kids can use to help themselves.

Ostomy Tips And Tricks
Life with an ostomy can be challenging, which is why you need these tips and tricks to help you make your life with an ostomy more comfortable.

Things People With An Ostomy Wished You Knew
What would people who have an ostomy want you to know? Here's the list of the ways people who have an ostomy are just like you.

Ciprofloxacin (Cipro) Side Effects
Learn the side effects of Ciprofloxacin (Cipro), an antibiotic that is used to treat infections, as well as pouchitis or inflammatory bowel disease (IBD).

What Is a Gastroenterologist?
A gastroenterologist is an internal medicine physician that specializes in the treatment of disorders of the gastrointestinal tract.

Sharon Osbourne Battles Colon Cancer
Heavy metal mom Sharon Osbourne, wife of rocker Ozzy Osbourne, was diagnosed with colon cancer and underwent both resection surgery and chemotherapy.

What to Expect During a Colonoscopy
What to expect during a colonoscopy, which is a test that is commonly used to diagnose diseases and conditions in the colon and rectum.

Treating Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) Abdominal Pain
Abdominal pain is common in IBS, and is often treated with antispasmotics, antidepressants, and alternative therapies such as peppermint.

Gut Check App for People With IBD
People with IBD can benefit from the Gut Check Application that may be used not only to track health information but also to send it to a physician.

Small Intestine
What is the small intestine, where is it located in the body, and what are some of the conditions that can affect it?

Could Prednisone Cause Mood Swings?
Could taking prednisone (a corticosteroid drug) cause mood swings? Learn how to manage mood changes, and when to be worried about them.

Ryan Stevens: Crohn's Guy
After being diagnosed with Crohn's disease, Ryan Stevens decided to swim across Lake Erie to raise awareness about his disease.

Hematocrit Level Test for Red Blood Cell Volume
What is the hematocrit level blood test, and how is it used by a physician to diagnose diseases and conditions?

Bob Schieffer, Journalist With Ulcerative Colitis
Bob Schieffer, a respected and award-winning journalist has been open about his struggles to keep his ulcerative colitis in check.

Sunny Anderson, Celebrity Chef
Sunny Anderson, a fixture on the Food Network, is an accomplished chef and television host. She also has been doing it all while living with IBD.

Sexual Problems In People With IBD
IBD comes with lots of extra-intestinal symptoms -- are sexual problems included too?

How To Create Your IBD Elevator Speech
Learn to create the perfect answer for those times when you're asked about your Crohn's disease or ulcerative colitis.

Why Does Your Doctor Want You To Swallow Barium Sulfate?
Some test for stomach problems are done using barium, which is either drunk or given as an enema. What is barium, and how does it work?

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Halloween Parties For Kids With IBD
Halloween can be more trick that treat for kids who have inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). Make Halloween and IBD go together by throwing a Halloween party for your kid with IBD.

Are You Dreaming About Bathrooms?
Dreaming about toilets isn't unusual for people with IBD. People with a chronic health condition may have dreams closely related to their illness.

Maurice Gibb of the Bee Gees Dies at Age 53
Maurice Gibb, a member of the popular 1970s pop group the Bee Gees, died from complications of a bowel obstruction at the age of 53.

What You Need To Know About Prednisone
Dosage, use during pregnancy, and side effect profile for prednisone, a drug that is commonly used to treat inflammatory bowel disease (IBD).

Save Money On Prescription Drugs
Did you know that pharmaceutical companies routinely offer money saving coupons for their prescription drugs? Learn why drug companies are offering discounts for prescription drugs, and where you can get coupons for the drugs you take.

Who Are Residents, Interns, Fellows, and Physicians?
Who are those people in white coats that come through your hospital room with your physician? Learn to tell the difference between interns and residents.

How to Travel by Car With IBD
Advice on how to take a car trip and avoid bathroom accidents when you have a digestive problem such as diarrhea or inflammatory bowel disease (IBD).

Short Inflammatory Bowel Disease Questionnaire
A survey that might be used by a gastroenterologist, the Short Inflammatory Bowel Disease Questionnaire contains 10 crucial questions about IBD.

Dynamo, The Magician With Crohn's Disease
Dynamo, a street magician from the UK, first turned to magic during his turbulent childhood that culminated with a diagnosis of Crohn's disease.

I Think I Have IBD, What Do I Do?
If you think you have inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), you will want to take your symptoms to a physician, who can evaluate you and help determine next steps.

Sex And Body Issues With IBD
Learn about how IBD affects intimate relationships, and how you can work together to keep your relationship strong.

Help Your Spouse With IBD During a Flare-Up
When your spouse with IBD is having a flare-up, you may need to help find a restroom in a hurry. What can you do to make your outings go smoothly during a flare?

Humira - Frequently Asked Questions and Side Effects
Humira (adalimumab) works by blocking TNF-alpha (tumor necrosis factor alpha), a cytokine, which plays a role in the inflammatory process.

Why Don't My Parents Trust Me To Take My Medications?
Are your parents on top of you about taking your medications? Here is a plan to show that you can be trusted to take care of your own IBD medications.

Missing School Because of an IBD Flare-Up
I'm having a flare-up of my inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), and one of my college professors has not been very understanding when I miss class. What can I do?

Fashion Tips For Those With A Stoma
Worried that having an ostomy will cramp your style? It doesn't have to. Use these tips and tricks to learn how to dress and to keep looking great.

Do Men Become Impotent After Ostomy Surgery?
It's a common belief that men become impotent after having ostomy surgery (either colostomy or ileostomy). Could that be true for men with IBD?

New Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) Drugs
Learn about the new drugs that are currently being developed to treat inflammatory bowel disease (Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis).

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Do I Need A Bidet?
Most of us in the West have never seen a bidet, but these bathroom fixtures that help you clean up in the bathroom without toilet paper can be a boon to those with IBD.

What Is Creeping Fat?
A special type of fat found in people with IBD is increasingly being understood to be part of the inflammatory process. What is this creeping fat?

What You Need To Know About Ginger
Ginger has been used to treat nausea and other stomach compaints for thousands of years. Does ginger really work as a digestive aid? Is it safe for everyone to take?

Overview of Capsule Endoscopy
Capsule endoscopy is a type of test that uses a camera in a pill to observe inside of the digestive tract. Who is currently using this test and why?

Get Access To a Restroom Anywhere
Public toilet access is a problem for the disabled and those with bowel or urinary disease. How can you find a bathroom to use when there isn't one?

IBD And A Lack Of Sex Drive
You're not alone; inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) can lead to a lack of sex drive. But you don't have to accept this side effect: You can help yourself.

Dating With Inflammatory Bowel Disease
When you go out on a date you bring your inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) with you. How do you handle dating, sex, and relationships? Find the answers here.

Nicky Hopkins, "Session Man"
Pianist Nicky Hopkins was a “session” musician, playing on albums by The Beatles and others, despite his long battle with Crohn’s disease.

What Is A Stool Culture?
When GI symptoms such as diarrhea do not resolve on their own, a stool culture may be used to identify any harmful bacteria causing the symptoms.

Discharge From a Rectal Stump
I have a colostomy and there is some discharge from my rectum. Is this normal, and what can I do about leaks?

Why Do Beans Cause Intestinal Gas?
Beans, or legumes, and other vegetables tend to cause intestinal gas. Learn why eating beans causes gas and how you can prevent it.

Which Antibiotics Are More Likely To Cause Diarrhea?
Antibiotics taken for an infection may have an unintended effect. Antibiotics may disrupt the balance in the colon, and result in diarrhea or loose stools.

What Is Tumor Necrosis Factor (TNF)?
Read about tumor necrosis factor (TNF) which is a protein that is thought to play a role in the development or the continuation of IBD.

How IBD Can Affect Iron Levels
Iron is important for blood creation, but people who have IBD, especially those who pass blood in their stool, may have an iron deficiency.

Why People With IBD May Have a Calcium Deficiency
People who have IBD, especially children, may not be getting enough calcium. Learn why this happens and what it could mean.

IBD and Travel Insurance
When planning a trip, you will want to make sure that any medical problems, especially any IBD-related ones, will be covered by your travel insurance.

Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) And Loss of Appetite
Eating well when you have inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) is difficult, and most people report diet problems. Learn how to combat a lack of appetite.

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Things People With IBD Won't Tell You
People with IBD face an uphill battle with health, finances, career, and personal relationships. Sometimes, they might keep secrets about their IBD.

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Do's And Don'ts For Surviving The Holidays With IBD
How can you make the best use of your time during the holidays while taking care of yourself and avoiding a flare-up of your IBD?

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Plastic Bag (Or A Wet Bag)
What's the most useful thing you can bring with you when you travel? A resealable plastic bag. Here's why.

Clean Underwear
What's the one thing you should always bring with you when you have IBD? A clean pair of underwear!

List Of Medications and Physician Contacts
When you're traveling, a list of your current medications and your physicians is imperative in case of an accident or emergency.

Do you often bring your own snacks with you? You should, because you never know what kind of food you'll find when you're traveling.

Portable Laundry Hooks
What's the easiest and most cost-effective way to dry clothes when you're traveling? Hang them up to dry!

Wet Wipes
Not only can you find wet wipes almost anywhere, you can use them in almost any situation when you are traveling.

A Pair of Pants
Why you should consider bringing an extra pair of pants with you when you travel and you have Crohn's disease or ulcerative colitis.

Laundry Soap Sheets
Doing laundry when you travel is a great way to save on space -- bring along some travel detergent and you can wash up in any sink.

Useful Things You Can Take From A Hotel
What do you bring with you when you travel? Here is my list of items that should be in your IBD travel kit.

Pack Your Travel Kit And Go, Go, Go!
What should be in your IBD travel kit? If you have just a few key things on hand in your carry-on bag, you will be ready to travel.

Why You Need An Emergency Kit
If you have IBD, you need an emergency bathroom kit. Here's what should be in yours.

Plastic Baggie
A plastic baggie has a lot of different uses, and it should definitely be part of your IBD emergency kit.

Toilet Paper
How much toilet paper you put in your emergency IBD kit will depend on how much you'd like to carry and how much you think you'll need.

Get Enough Vitamins & Minerals
Do you need supplements if you have IBD? You will need to check with your healthcare team about how to get the vitamins and minerals you need.

Nurture Yourself
Do you take time to nurture yourself? If you have IBD, it's important to stay on top of your mental health as well as your physical health.

Prevent IBD Flare-Ups
Can you prevent IBD flare-ups? Maybe not all of them, but you can take measures to help yourself feel better in the long-term.

Manage Stress
You can't avoid stress, it's just part of life. But when you have IBD, you do need to manage your stress in effective ways.

Manage Related Conditions
If you have IBD, chances are you also have related conditions. Managing them can help your overall health and your battle with fatigue.

How To Find Credible Information About IBD
Everyone looks for medical information on the Internet. How can you be sure that the information you find on IBD is credible?

Finding Reputable Authors
Exactly who wrote that? Before you trust the information you find about IBD, be sure you know exactly who it was that wrote it.

Watch For Diagnosing Over The Internet
Should doctors diagnose over the Internet? Telemedicine has its place, but it's not a substitute for a healthy doctor-patient relationship.

Get To The Source
What's a primary source, and what does it mean when you are searching for information about inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) on the Internet.

Ever been in the bathroom and find that there's no soap? Make sure you pack some into your emergency kit so that you're never without.

Wet Wipes
A wet wipe in a time of need is better than gold! Carry a wipe or two in your IBD emergency kit to make sure you're always prepared.

Extra Underwear
An extra pair of underwear is a staple for the IBD emergency kit. Even if you're feeling healthy, carrying a pair can help your state of mind!

Watch Your Diet
Improving your diet may help you to stay on top of your IBD symptoms, including fatigue.

Drink Water
Not drinking enough water during the day is a surefire way to cause yourself further problems and even lead to fatigue.

Hand Sanitizer
Hand sanitizer is not a substitute for soap, really, but it still can be very useful when you need clean hands and there is no soap available.

Try (Doctor Approved!) Exercise
Exercise makes you tired, yes, but regular exercise can actually help you fight off fatigue in the long-term.

Get Enough Quality Sleep
Can getting enough sleep help you with your fatigue from IBD? Improving your sleep quality may be a good start.

Tips For Beating Fatigue
Is fatigue one of your worst problems? If you have IBD, fatigue can be crippling, but there are measures you can take to help yourself.

Stop A Flare-Up
One way to work on fatigue from IBD is to stop the flare-ups as soon as they start, before they can take hold and worsen.

Tips To Overcome Discomfort During An Exam
Are you dreading an upcoming medical exam? Here are some tips on how you can relax your body and mind while you're experiencing discomfort.

Tips For A Better Infusion
When IBD medications are given by infusion, some preparation helps infusion day go smoother. Here are some tips on how to get ready for an infusion.

Why IBD Makes You A Better Person
You didn't want or expect your inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), but it has yielded you some unexpected benefits. Do you know what they are?

What Foods to Avoid if You Have a Stricture
If you have a small intestine stricture, do you know the foods to avoid? Here: a list of off-limits foods for people with a Crohn's disease stricture.

How To Gain Weight When You Have IBD
Some people with IBD can have difficultly gaining weight. While in remission from IBD, there are some tricks you can use to gain a little weight back.

Prepare Your Mind For Rest
Worries keep many of us awake at night, preventing a restful sleep. Learning to set your worries aside for a time can help you get better rest.

IBD New Year's Resolutions
Do you make New Year's Resolutions every year? If you have IBD, here are some ideas for resolutions that can help to make a healthier year.

How To Get Better Sleep At Night
Most of us have trouble getting a good night's sleep. The good news is, there is plenty that you can do in order to help yourself to get better sleep.

Prepare Your Body For Rest
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Prepare Your Bed For Rest
Sleeping well at night isn't as simple as laying in bed and hoping for the best. Preparing your bed for sleep is something that may help you get better rest.

Prepare Your Bedroom For Rest
Our bedrooms often serve as more than just a place to sleep, but that can be detrimental to getting a good night's rest. Your bedroom should be a restful place, which is free of other distractions.

Learning To Love Your Ostomy
You may think that an ostomy would impair your lifestyle, but that is far from the case. Discover all the reasons to be grateful for your ostomy.

Toilet Gag Gifts
What do you get for the person with IBD who has everything? Toilet-themed gag gifts, of course! Here are some top picks for gag gifts.

Tips For Preparing For Your Colonoscopy
Preparing for a colonoscopy can be a challenge. Here are nine tips, supplied by those who've been through it, on how to make your prep a little easier.

How To Be An Understanding Spouse
When you're the well spouse in a relationship, you've got a difficult road. Here you'll find some tips on how you can help your spouse or significant other who has inflammatory bowel disease (IBD).

Why IBD Causes People to Feel Fatigued
Being fatigued can be a symptom of IBD. Learn why ulcerative colitis or Crohn's disease can make you feel tired and what you can do about it.

How to Find a Public Bathroom Online
Despite the fact that everyone needs bathrooms every day, finding public bathrooms can be difficult. Here is a list of web sites that you can use to find public restrooms locally and around the world.

What Are Some of The Myths About Digestion?
We hear rumors and myths about health topics every day, both in person and online. What are some myths about digestion, and how do we uncover the truth about them?

Finding a Bathroom While Traveling
When you are traveling and you have IBD, you will want to carefully plan ahead to find public bathrooms. Find out what it's like to use bathrooms overseas.

Foods Allowed on a Clear Liquid Diet
A clear liquid diet is a bit of a misnomer because not everything allowed on it is

Folate Deficiency and IBD
People who have inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) may have a folate (folic acid) deficiency. This deficiency could be from a lack of absorption in the intestine.

Gifts for People With IBD Under $100
Learn about some gift ideas for people with IBD including teas, massagers, and other items that can help with the symptoms of IBD.

The Connection Between Episcleritis and IBD
Several eye diseases are associated with IBD, including episcleritis. This condition often goes away on its own but can cause redness and irritation.

What Is An Enterostomal Therapy Nurse?
An enterostomal therapy nurse, or ET nurse, is specialized in treating patients who have ostomies, wounds, or incontinence.

Strengthening Abdominal Muscles After Surgery
After surgery, you may want to strengthen your abdominal muscles. Once you're ready, start one of these workout routines to get your abs in shape.

Antibiotics For Treating Ulcerative Colitis
Are antibiotics used to treat ulcerative colitis? Find out more about the role that antibiotics play in the treatment of ulcerative colitis.

Is Laughter the Best Medicine?
Is the adage 'laughter is the best medicine' really true? Find out if there is research to support the idea that humor or laughter is beneficial for your health.

Comedy Movies to Watch When Home Sick
Home sick? Looking for a movie to watch? We've got some suggestions for movies that will delight you while you're home sick on your couch.

How To Organize Your Medications
Getting your inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) medications organized can be difficult. Use these tips to keep track of your IBD drugs and take them on time.

Ally Bain And Dr. David T. Rubin Discuss "Ally's Law"
Meet Allyson Bain, the woman behind The Restroom Access Act and her physician, Dr David T. Rubin.

Reasons You Might Need a Gastroenterologist
When you have new symptoms, you may wonder if you need a specialist physician. Find out if you need a gastroenterologist for your digestive symptoms.

Top 5 Picks for Treating PMS
Does your inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), especially diarrhea, tends to get worse during your period? Here are some idea to help ease your PMS.

Summer Picnics And Barbecues With IBD
If you have IBD, you might dread all the parties and get-togethers warmer weather brings. Find out how you can manage your IBD at summer barbecues.

Top Books To Read for Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)
The top books about irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) that discuss diets, treatments, causes, and symptoms.

Packing A Bag For The Hospital
Have you ever gone to the doctor, only to wind up being admitted to the hospital? Be prepared for an unexpected hospital stay by having a bag packed.

Can People With IBD Donate Blood?
Can people with IBD donate blood? There is no one answer: It depends on many factors if someone with Crohn's disease or ulcerative colitis can donate.

Easy-To-Digest Foods That Are High In Iron
Learn how much iron the average person needs, and what easy-to-digest foods can help people with IBD get more iron into their diet.

Turkey, and especially dark meat, can be a great source of iron for people who are experiencing digestive problems.

Chicken is easy to find and easy to cook, and it can be a great source of iron for people who have IBD.

A can of tuna is not seen as a sophisticated meal, but is a great source of iron and other nutrients for people with IBD or other digestive conditions.

Breakfast Cereal
What's your favorite breakfast cereal? Fortified cereals are high in iron and some are easier-to-digest, making them a choice for those with IBD.

Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) Signs & Early Symptoms
Here are some symptoms of Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis and what you should do if you experience them.

Sharing a College Dorm Bathroom with IBD
Here are some tips to get you through when you have to share a bathroom in college if you have IBD.

Before You Start Blogging About IBD
Ready to write about your experiences with IBD? Here's what you should do before you start a blog about your Crohn's disease or ulcerative colitis.

Things To Say To Someone With IBD
Do you have a close friend or a loved one with IBD? Here are the things you can say to them that will be helpful and supportive.

How To Look Less Tired When You Have IBD
Does your IBD have you looking fatigued? When you need to look rested, there are some simple tricks you can try.

Home Remedies For Nausea
If you have nausea as a result of your IBD, there are some home remedies you can try to help yourself in the short-term.

How To Green Your IBD And Reduce Your Waste
How would you go about lessening the environmental impact of your IBD? Here are some simple ways you can be greener in your daily life.

Does Hypnotherapy Work for IBS?
Hypnosis is being used in the United Kingdom as a treatment for irritable bowel syndrome -- and it's successful. Learn how hypnosis can treat the symptoms of IBS.

IBD Worst-Case Scenario Handbook
When you have IBD, you can sometimes get into a bad situation. Here are tips that you can use to get yourself out of a jam.

Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) in Pet Cats and Dogs
Learn how cats and dogs can develop inflammatory bowel disease, and often have many of the same symptoms as humans.

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Is Caffeine Bad For Your IBD?
If you drink caffeine or eat foods that contain caffeine, learn how it could have a negative effect on your inflammatory bowel disease (IBD).

IBD and Liver Disease
You cannot live without a functioning liver. Cirrhosis has many causes. In the United States, chronic alcoholism and hepatitis C are the most common causes.

What You Should Know About Crohn's Disease and Gallstones
Gallstones are formed when liquid, called bile, that is stored in the gallbladder hardens into pieces of stone-like material.

What Causes Diarrhea?
A look at the causes of diarrhea, which includes bacteria, viruses, surgery, bowel diseases, food intolerances, and adverse effects of medication.

What Can Cause Black Stools?
Black, tarry stools could be caused by an iron supplement or certain foods. But black stools that smell foul could be caused by bleeding.

IBD and Primary Sclerosing Cholangitis (PSC)
Primary sclerosing cholangitis (PSC) is a disease of the liver that is associated with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), especially ulcerative colitis.

Steroid-Induced Osteoporosis Caused By Prednisone
Prednisone and other steroids are used to treat many conditions, but they may also cause serious side effects such as steroid-induced osteoporosis.

Medications That Can Harm The Esophagus
How can the medication you take affect your esophagus? Some drugs can cause bleeding or even ulcers in the esophagus.

What Is A Normal White Blood Cell Count?
A description of the normal range of a white blood cell (WBC) count test, and why a physician might order this type of blood test.

What Is a Normal Bowel Movement?
There are gradations of normal bowel movements, and every person is going to have different bowel habits. What could a normal bowel movement be for you?

Tips For Recovery from Abdominal Surgery
Abdominal surgery is common for people who have inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). Use these tips for a safe and quicker recovery from surgery.

Overview and Symptoms Of an Anal Fissure
An anal fissure that's causing pain and bleeding will need treatment. Fortunately, perianal and anorectal fissures are curable without surgery in most cases.

Things You Should Tell Your Gastroenterologist
Do you tell your gastroenterologist everything? Here are the signs and symptoms of IBD that you might not be telling your doctor -- but you should.

I Lost Control Of My Bowels
Losing control of your bowels can happen to people with IBD, but the good news is that treatments can help.

My Sex Life Isn't What I Want It To Be
If IBD is putting a damper on your sex life, you need to bring it up with your doctor so that you can start enjoying intimacy again.

My Joints Hurt
If you have aches and pains that are out of the ordinary, do you know that could be related to your IBD? It's important that you tell your physician about joint pain.

My Eyes Are Bothering Me
If you have IBD, did you know that eye problems can also be a sign? Don't wait -- tell your doctors if you are having problems with your eyes.

I'm Not Sleeping
Isn't it just understood that people with IBD don't sleep well? That doesn't mean you should skip that conversation with your doctor!

I Have Problems With My Skin
There are skin conditions associated with IBD. If you have a rash or or mouth ulcer, do you ever talk to your gastroenterologist about it?

Try A Fruit Infusion
Is your water really boring? Find out a simple way to give it a little taste without harmful additives, sugars, and colorings.

Simple Tricks To Drink More Water
Are you drinking enough water? Many people don't. Learn some simple ways to get more water into your diet.

Treat Yourself To A Fancy Pitcher
Do you have a beautiful water pitcher? Get it out and use it to help yourself remember to drink more water during the day.

Going To A Meeting? Bring Your Water!
Do you forget to drink water while at work? Get into this one habit and you can really increase your water consumption during the day.

Get A Bigger Glass
The simplest, easiest trick to get you drinking more water each day. You'll be surprised you didn't think of it yourself.

What Is The Normal Range for Hemoglobin?
A hemoglobin level test is a blood test that provides information on how effective red blood cells are being in carrying oxygen to cells.

What Is Endoscopic Remission in IBD?
There are different types of remission for people with IBD, with endoscopic remission increasingly being understood as an important goal of treatment.

IBD and The Risk of Skin Cancer
People with IBD, and especially those that are receiving certain medications, may be at an increased risk of skin cancer. Learn why.

Prednisone Facial "Mooning"
Prednisone has a host of side effects. Is swelling of the face (moon face) a prednisone side effect?

Types Of Colon Polyps And Their Symptoms
Polyps in the colon raise the risk of colon cancer when they are left untreated. Learn how polyps cause cancer, who is at risk, and what can be done.

People with IBD often lack vital nutrients: could eating a papaya help replace missing vitamins and minerals?

Bananas are rich in potassium and can also help people with IBD or an ileostomy who have loose stools.

Honeydew melons are often ignored but like most melons, they pack a nutritional punch that is helpful for people with IBD.

What Fruits Are Easiest To Digest?
Do you want to add more fruit to your diet? Here are 5 fruits that are easier to digest and therefore may be better for people with digestive disease.

Cantaloupes can be a great choice for adding vitamins and minerals to the diet for people with IBD who need easy-to-digest food.

Watermelon has some great benefits for people who have IBD, including vitamins A and C, as well as antioxidants.

Foods That Help Ease Diarrhea
People with IBD have chronic diarrhea. Here you will find a list of foods that may help when diarrhea is at its worst.

How IBD Affects Growth In Kids And Teens
Growth in kids with Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis can be affected by malnutrition, chronic inflammation, and certain medications.

Prednisone Side Effects and Resources
Prednisone is a drug that is used to treat inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). Learn how prednisone affects the body, and how to lessen side effects.

Vitamin D Deficiency and IBD
Vitamin D is a fat-soluble vitamin that you can get by just going into the sunlight, but people who have IBD may have a vitamin D deficiency.

American Idol Contestant Casey Abrams
Casey Abrams was a contestant on the 2011 season of the Fox reality show American Idol who also has ulcerative colitis.

Cataracts As A Side Effect Of Prednisone
Prednisone and other steroids are used to treat inflammatory conditions, but they may cause serious and permanent side effects, such as cataracts.

What Foods Are OK to Eat After J-Pouch Surgery?
What is a regular diet for a person with a j-pouch? Find out which foods can cause diarrhea, skin irritation, and bowel obstructions.

How Common Is Crohn's Disease After J-Pouch Surgery?
How common is it that a person who has surgery to treat ulcerative colitis will later be diagnosed with Crohn's disease?

How To Avoid Travelers' Diarrhea
Travelers' diarrhea is loose stools that you get while traveling, for a variety of reasons. Find out how to avoid contracting travelers' diarrhea.

How to Make Your Irritable Bowel Syndrome Flare
Keeping your irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) under control can feel like a full-time job. That's because it is. Avoiding potential triggers can help prevent a flare-up. You may be doing things that are worsening your IBS. Do you know what they are?

Ways to Make Your Crohn's Disease Flare
Keeping your Crohn's disease under control is a full-time job. You may be doing things that are worsening your Crohn's. Do you know what they are?

Get Help With Relationships And IBD
Here you'll find tips and information from other people with IBD about how to manage personal relationships.

Are There Risks To Using Enemas?
Many people turn to enemas or laxatives to have a bowel movement. However, enemas are not harmless, and using them to treat constipation has risks.

What You Need to Know About Lomotil
Answers to frequently asked questions about Lomotil, an anti-diarrheal drug, including dosage and conditions which could contraindicate its use.

What Having IBD Has Taught Me
How has having IBD changed your goals and how you live your life? Here are the things having IBD has taught me about how I want to live.

Different Types of Fiber & Which Might Be Right for You
Fiber supplements may be prescribed for digestive conditions such as IBD and IBS. How do you choose the fiber supplement which is right for you?

What Causes Borborygmi (Stomach Noises)?
Borborygmi may sound like a disease, but is actually a normal part of digestion that happens to everyone from time to time.

What Can Cause Pale Stool or Clay-Colored Stool?
Stools that are pale or clay-colored may be caused by a problem in the biliary system. Find out what could cause a stool to be light or grey in color.

When To Get A Second Opinion
If you've been given a difficult diagnosis or none at all, you may wonder about a second opinion. Find out how to seek a second opinion.

Overview and Symptoms of a Bowel Obstruction
While bowel obstructions can be a complication of digestive disease, such as Crohn's disease, obstructions can happen to anyone.

Why Aren't J-Pouches Done For Crohn's Disease?
Find out why j-pouch surgery is not usually done for patients who are diagnosed with Crohn's disease.

How to Avoid Irritable Bowel Syndrome Trigger Foods
There is no one diet for all people with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). There are, however, several common trigger foods that may set off symptoms.

What Is Candida and Candidiasis?
Candida is a fungus that occurs naturally in several places in the body, but can cause infection if it overgrows into a condition called candidiasis.

How to Use an Enema At Home
An enema may be used for several purposes, including in preparation for a colonoscopy, surgery, giving birth, or for constipation or fecal impaction.

Vitamin A Deficiency and IBD
Vitamin A, or beta-carotene, is a vitamin that is found in many foods, but people who have IBD, especially children, may have a vitamin A deficiency.

Colon Cancer Risks And Prevention
People with IBD have a risk of colorectal cancer. Along with regular screenings, learn lifestyle changes that can decrease the risk of colon cancer.

What Are the Side Effects of Cimzia?
The side effects of Cimzia (certolizumab pegol), a TNF-alpha blocker drug that is approved to treat Crohn's disease (a form of IBD).

Some Possible Causes of Constipation
The cause of an occasional bout of constipation may never be known, but chronic constipation may require treatment. Find out what may cause constipation.

Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD)
Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD). Page 2.

Granuloma Characteristic in a Biopsy
A granuloma is a mass of inflamed tissue found in the intestine which is associated with Crohn's disease.

Review of The Everything Guide to the Low-FODMAP Diet
Confused on where to start a low FODMAP diet? The Everything Guide to the Low-FODMAP Diet is the book that will help you on your low FODMAP journey.

Anemia and Its Relationship With IBD
People with diseases such as Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis (IBD) may not absorb enough iron, vitamin B12 and folic acid, leading to anemia.

Things You Should Never Say To Someone Who Has IBD
Have you upset a friend or family member with Crohn's disease or ulcerative colitis? Here are things you should never say to someone who has IBD.

What To Do When You Can't Afford Your Medication
Newer medications are expensive and may not be covered by insurance. Use these tips when you can't afford your drugs.

IBD Questions You're Too Afraid To Ask Your Gastro
Answers to tough questions about inflammatory bowel disease (IBD): what the future holds, if you're going to need an ostomy, or if IBD will kill you.

What Are The Potential Risks Of A Colonoscopy?
A colonoscopy is generally a very safe procedure, but there is a low amount of risk. Learn about the potential complications and risks of a colonoscopy.

Common Medical Diets And Their Uses
Learn about the clear liquid, full liquid, lactose free, and low fiber diets sometimes used for inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) or abdominal surgery.

Antidiarrheal Medications And When They Might Be Used
Medications to treat diarrhea can be purchased over-the-counter. But when and how should you use antidiarrheal drugs?

Is IBD Contagious?
Inflammatory bowel disease tends to run in families. Does that mean that IBD is a contagious disease?

What Are the Symptoms of Crohn's Disease?
Crohn's disease symptoms can include abdominal pain, diarrhea, bloody stools, fever, lack of appetite, and passing mucus in the stool.

Symptoms and Tests for Colon Cancer
Colorectal cancer symptoms can occur late in the progress of the disease, which is why any change in bowel habits should be checked out by a doctor.

What is a Colonoscope?
A colonoscope is a long, thin, flexible tube with a camera and a light on the end that is used to examine the inside of the large intestine.

Keeping a Food Diary to Track What You Eat
Keeping a food diary isn't as hard as you think. Follow some simple steps to help you and your doctor find out what foods may be giving you trouble.

Full Liquid Diet Food Options
A full liquid diet includes all types of clear liquids but also milk products, vegetable juices, and more. Learn what foods are allowed on this diet.

Symptoms and Treatment for Fistulas
Information about symptoms, treatment, and diagnosis of fistulas, a type of complication that is more common in people with Crohn's disease.

Should Flushable Wipes Really Be Going Down The Drain?
Bathroom wipes are being used by everyone from toddlers to adults. Should these wipes really be flushed down the toilet, and what happens to them when they are?

How Is Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) Diagnosed?
When a patient has symptoms that point to inflammatory bowel disease, a series of tests from blood tests to a colonoscopy help make the diagnosis.

Can You Take Prednisone While Pregnant?
Taking medications during pregnancy is a reality for many women with IBD. What risks does taking prednisone during pregnancy have on an unborn baby?

What Are The Stages of Colon and Rectal Cancer?
A description of the five stages of colon and rectal cancer, including treatments and statistics on five-year survival rates for each stage.

A Day In The Life Of A Person With IBD
What's it like to have inflammatory bowel disease (IBD)? Here is a fictional account of what a day of dealing with the symptoms of IBD might be like.

How Painkillers (NSAIDs) Affect IBD
Could pain medications, known as NSAIDs, have a serious and harmful effect on people with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD)? Learn more here.

Pseudopolyps In Inflammatory Bowel Disease
Pseudopolyps can occur in the colon of someone with IBD, especially after many years of disease, but they won't turn cancerous.

Frequently Asked Questions: Azulfidine (Sulfasalazine)
Frequently asked questions about azulfidine (sulfasalazine) including side effects, drug interactions, use during pregnancy, and sexual side effects.

What You Need To Know About Colostomy Surgery
Learn about all the steps involved in colostomy surgery and how it can improve the lives of people who have digestive disease.

Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD)
Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD). Page 2.

What is Flagyl (Metronidazole) Used For?
The antibiotic Flagyl (metronidazole) is used to treat infections, and in some cases may be used in inflammatory bowel disease.

Do Prednisone Side Effects Go Away?
Side effects from the steroid drug prednisone are common. At what dosage do they occur, and will they reverse once the prednisone is stopped?

Getting A Flu Shot When You Have IBD
The flu can be serious and preventing the flu is important. Should you get a flu shot if you have inflammatory bowel disease (IBD)?

Review: Mayo Clinic on Digestive Health
A review of the book 'Mayo Clinic on Digestive Health' which answers questions about 12 common gastrointestinal disorders.

Is There a Cure for Inflammatory Bowel Disease?
Have you heard that there is a cure for inflammatory bowel disease (IBD)? Get the truth about cures for Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis.

Capsule Endoscopy For Crohn's Disease
Crohn's disease of the small intestine can now be monitored with a camera encased inside a capsule but not everyone can have this test.

Why Am I Pooping Blood? Causes of Bloody Stool
The causes of bleeding from the rectum and blood in the stool range from the common and easily treatable to the more serious and chronic.

How to Deal With Gas and Bloating Related to IBD
Abdominal bloating can be caused by gas in the intestine. If you want some relief from the bloating and gas, you might need to find out what's causing your bloating and how to treat it.

What Is Clostridium difficile?
Clostridium difficile is a bacteria that is found in the large intestine, but which can cause diarrhea after antibiotics killed healthy bacteria.

What Can Cause Red or Maroon Stool?
Blood in the stool may be caused by hemorrhoids, anal fissures, colon polyps or cancer, diverticular bleeding, or inflammatory bowel disease (IBD).

One Woman's Story of Deciding To Have J-Pouch Surgery
In 1999, at the age of 26, I was told that my colon was close to perforation and that I would need j-pouch surgery. Here's my experience.

Ulcerative Colitis Disease Activity Index (UCDAI)
The Ulcerative Colitis Disease Activity Index (UCDAI) is a scale used by scientists to better quantify an individual's disease activity during a research study.

Corticosteroids (Prednisone) and Acne
Steroid drugs such as prednisone, which have many side effects, are often used to treat inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). Can prednisone cause acne?

Hemorrhoids: Overview and Symptoms
Hemorrhoids are enlarged, bulging blood vessels in and about the anus and lower rectum that may cause bright red blood in or on the stool.

Drinking Alcoholic Beverages When You Have IBD
Does having an alcoholic drink worsen the symptoms of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD)? Find out about the effects drinking has on IBD.

How To Lose Weight After Taking Prednisone
Prednisone weight gain is a familiar problem to anyone who has ever taken this corticosteroid drug. You may need a diet and fitness plan to lose weight.

What Can Cause Visible Mucus in the Stool?
Seeing mucus in your stool does not necessarily mean you have a serious bowel disease. When should you call your doctor if you see mucus in your stool?

Should You Have A Bowel Movement Every Day?
True or false: Having a normal digestive system means having a daily bowel movement. The true definition of a normal bowel movement may surprise you.

What Foods and Digestive Problems Cause Orange Stool?
Most times, orange stools are not a sign of a serious problem, but if the orange color is ongoing, it should be investigated by a physician.

What Is a Nasogastric (NG) Tube?
The definition of a nasogastric (NG) tube, a device that is frequently used in patients who have Inflammatory Bowel Disease.

Arthritis and Inflammatory Bowel Disease
Painful joints could mean more than just normal aches and pains for people who have inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). Learn about the types of arthritis that are most common in people with Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis.

What Is the Normal Range for a Red Blood Cell Count?
A red blood cell (RBC) count is an important test that can help your physician find out what's going on with your blood cells.

Cobblestone Sign In Crohn's Disease
The cobblestone sign is when the intestines of a person with Crohn's disease resemble a cobblestone street.

How Sleep and IBD Are Related
Getting a good night's sleep when you have IBD is not an easy task but sleep needs to be a priority for people with IBD in order to avoid a flare-up.

Pregnancy And Inflammatory Bowel Disease
Women with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) can get pregnant and have healthy babies. Learn more about pregnancy and IBD.

What Causes Green Poop or Green Diarrhea?
Green stools are not necessarily a cause for alarm because the color could be caused by a food or a supplement. Find out what can cause green stool.

Fecal Immunochemical Test (FIT)
A fecal immunochemical test (FIT) is used to screen the stool for blood that can not be seen with the naked eye (called occult blood).

Frequently Asked Questions About Pregnancy and IBD
Women with IBD (Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis) can have healthy pregnancies and babies if they keep these things in mind. Page 2.

Fecal Incontinence And IBD
Bathroom accidents are upsetting, but fecal incontinence is common in IBD. Find out how fecal incontinence relates to IBD, and how it can be treated.

Liver Damage Caused By Medications
Learn more about how taking medications can have several ill effects on the liver, including chronic liver damage and scarring (cirrhosis).

Rectal Bleeding and Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD)
Bleeding from the rectum is a symptom of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) which is more common with ulcerative colitis than with Crohn's disease.

What Are The Differences Between IBD and IBS?
IBD symptoms can be similar to those of several other digestive diseases or conditions, including IBS. How do physicians tell the difference?

How to Change an Ostomy Appliance
Changing your ostomy bag isn't as hard as it may seem! Here is a list of steps and some tips to changing your appliance without worry.

Erythema Nodosum Is A Skin Disorder Related to IBD
Red bumps (nodules or lesions) that occur primarily on the legs could be a symptom of erythema nodosum, a skin disorder that primarily affects people with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD).

Primary Sclerosing Cholangitis and Ulcerative Colitis
Primary sclerosing cholangitis (PSC) is a liver disease related to ulcerative colitis (UC). What is the risk of developing PSC if you have UC?

What Is Rectal Cuff Inflammation (Cuffitis)?
One potential complication after j-pouch surgery is cuffitis. Cuffitis is the inflammation of the rectal stump that is connected to the j-pouch.

Endoscopy is a broad term used to describe several different type of procedures that are used to examine the digestive tract.

What's The Difference Between An Ileostomy And A J-Pouch?
Have you found yourself explaining your ostomy or your j-pouch? Here are the main differences between these types of surgery.

Effects of Medications on The Stomach
Do you know which medications can have an effect on your stomach? Find out if the medications you are taking might be causing symptoms in your stomach.

Does Junk Food Cause Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD)?
Could eating junk food give you IBD? Find out if there is any evidence to support the idea that what you eat could cause IBD.

Can People With IBD Also Have IBS?
Can people have IBS and IBD at the same time? The theories behind both conditions existing in the same patient are still under investigation.

IBD Flare-Ups in the Fall and Spring
There is evidence that people with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) may experience a flare-up during the fall or the spring due to an allergic response.

Dealing With Constipation From IBS
Some people with IBS experience constipation more often than diarrhea. Can constipation be prevented, and when it does occur, how can it be treated?

Can I Drink Coffee Before A Colonoscopy?
If you're having a colonoscopy, you will receive instructions from your physician on how to prepare. If you're used to starting your day with a cup of coffee, is that possible the morning of your colonoscopy?

Safety of Generic Drugs
In the United States, before a drug can be marketed as a generic it must be proven to be equivalent to the brand name version. Generic drugs can save you money, but are they just as effective as the name brand drugs?

Cyclosporine Frequently Asked Questions
Answers to frequently asked questions about cyclosporine, including dosage, side effects and reasons this drug should not be used.

Advice On Going to College With IBD
Starting, or going back, to college this year and bringing your inflammatory bowel disease with you? Here are some tips from those who have navigated college with their Crohn's disease or ulcerative colitis.

Does Surgery Help Crohn's Disease?
About 50% of people with Crohn's disease will have a relapse after surgery. What's being done to lower this rate, and how can relapses be prevented?

Avoiding Dehyrdation From IBD
Dehydration can be a side effect of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). Find out how to treat it, how serious it is, and how to prevent it.

Alternative & Complementary Therapy for Crohn's Disease
Many people with Crohn's Disease try alternative and complementary treatments for their symptoms. Some of the supplements for Crohn's disease have evidence supporting their use, and some do not.

What You Need to Know About Colazal
What you need to know about Colazal (balsalazide disodium), including side effects, drug interactions, and use during pregnancy and breastfeeding.

What You Need To Know About Cimzia (Certolizumab Pegol)
Cimzia (certolizumab pegol) is used to treat Crohn's disease (an IBD). Learn how Cimzia is taken, what the side effects are, and who shouldn't use it.

Does Stress Cause Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD)?
Stress does play a role in inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). But does stress cause ulcerative colitis or Crohn's disease? Learn more about stress and IBD.

Blood Transfusions and Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD)
There are risks involved with receiving a blood transfusion, but in general it is a procedure that is well-tolerated and, as we all know, it can save lives.

What Is a Fecal Occult Blood Test?
Information about the fecal occult blood test, including what it is, what it's used for, preparation, how it's done, and the risks involved.

Bromelain As a Supplement for Treating IBD
Bromelian, an extract created from pineapples, has anti-inflammatory properties and is under study as a supplement for IBD, especially ulcerative colitis.

Aloe Vera As a Complementary Treatment for IBD
Aloe is a succulent plant that has been used for medicinal purposes since the time of the Ancient Egyptians. Aloe is a known anti-inflammatory and may even have antibacterial and antifungal properties.

Coping With Crohn's Disease Book Review
A review of the book Coping With Crohn's Disease: Manage Your Physical Symptoms and Overcome the Emotional Challenges by Amy B. Trachter, Psy.D., Ph.D.

What is the Anal Sphincter?
The anal sphincter is a muscle that surrounds the anus and controls the release of stool from the rectum.

Colitis - Ulcerative, Crohn's, and Other Variations
An explanation of the term colitis, which can refer to ulcerative colitis or several other conditions including Crohn's colitis, ischemic colitis, collagenous colitis, and lymphocytic colitis.

Can Probiotics Help Treat Symptoms Of Pouchitis?
Probiotics may be helpful for pouchitis, a condition experienced by some people who have had j-pouch surgery for ulcerative colitis.

Why And How Doctors Do Digital Rectal Exams
A digital rectal exam is the subject of fear and ridicule -- but it's really a very simple, painless exam that is very helpful to physicians. Find out how a digital rectal exam is performed.

Boswellia, An Herb That May Be Used to Treat IBD
Boswellia, an herb with anti-inflammatory properties, must be used with caution in treating IBD because it can decrease the effectiveness of other drugs.

What Is A Colorectal Surgeon?
A colorectal surgeon is a physician that performs surgery on the digestive tract, especially the small intestine, large intestine, and rectum.

Do People With IBD Have Mental Disorders?
Do most people with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) have a mental disorder? How common are psychological disturbances in people who have IBD?

What Are the Accessory Digestive Organs?
There are several digestive organs in the body that are not part of the digestive tract, but are part of the digestive system. These are called the accessory digestive organs.

Butyrate Enemas for Treating Ulcerative Colitis
Butyrate is a fatty acid that has been studied as a treatment for ulcerative colitis. There is some evidence that butyrate enemas could be an effective complementary treatment for IBD.

Does IBD Run in Families?
Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) does run in families, but exactly how it is inherited is still a puzzle. How likely are your family members to develop IBD?

What Is a Bowel Perforation?
Bowel perforations are uncommon in people with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), but a hole in the large or small intestine is an emergency.

Black Stool and Nosebleeds
Nosebleeds are very common and tend to resolve on their own, but some nosebleeds can be quite serious. Can swallowing blood from a nosebleed lead to black stools?

Extra-Intestinal Complications of Crohn's Disease
The potential complications of Crohn's disease can include delayed growth in children, osteoporosis, eye diseases, skin conditions, joint pains, mouth ulcers, and gallstones.

What’s the Connection Between Accutane and IBD?
Lawsuits have been brought against the maker of Accutane (isotretinoin). Could Accutane cause inflammatory bowel disease (ulcerative colitis)?

Fecal Bacteriotherapy (Fecal Microbiota Transplantation)
Fecal bacteriotherapy (FB) or fecal microbiota transplantation (FMT) is an emerging therapy that is currently being considered as a treatment for ulcerative colitis. FB involves transplanting fecal matter from a healthy person into a sick person.

What Is the Treatment for Diverticulosis?
Treatment for diverticulosis often means adding fiber to the diet. Diverticulitis might be treated with antibiotics, or in some cases, with colectomy surgery. Page 2.

Diverticular Disease (Diverticulosis And Diverticulitis)
Diverticulosis is common, affecting half of those over 60. Adding dietary fiber is helpful, but diverticulitis might require antibiotics or surgery.

Side Effects of Compazine (Prochlorperazine)
A list of the side effects of Compazine (prochlorperazine), a medication that is used to treat nausea and vomiting.

Are Stomach Ulcers Caused by Stress and Diet?
Are stomach ulcers caused by stress and spicy food? While many people believe this, the true cause of peptic ulcers can not be treated by a change in diet.

Does The Contraceptive Pill Cause IBD?
Can contraceptives cause IBD? Some studies that show a connection between the pill and IBD, yet there are others that show no association.

Abdominal Computed Tomography (CT) Scan
An abdominal computed tomography (CT) scan can be used to diagnose and monitor inflammatory bowel disease (IBD).

How Constipation Is Diagnosed
How do you know if you're really constipated? Should you see a doctor to be diagnosed with constipation? Find out here.

Gastroenterologist Dr. David T. Rubin, MD
David T. Rubin, MD, is Associate Professor of Medicine at the University of Chicago Medical Center and a gastroenterologist who specializes in inflammatory bowel disease (IBD).

What Are Bowel Sounds?
Bowel sounds are an important indicator of healthy intestines. What can cause bowel sounds to slow down or stop altogether?

Diagnosing Gas In The Intestinal Tract
Gas is normal and everyone has it, but some people think they have too much. Excessive gas and a lot of pain might be a symptom of another condition.

Crohn's Disease Can Affect These Parts Of The Digestive Tract
Most people are aware that Crohn's disease attacks the intestines, but there are other parts of the digestive tract that can be affected too.

Complementary Therapies for Ulcerative Colitis
Many people use complementary and alternative remedies for inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). However, many alternative therapies are not yet approved for use in treating IBD, and some may even have side effects.

Causes, Diagnosis, And Treatment For Constipation
Learn more about the causes, treatment, and prevention of constipation, as well as when to see a doctor for hard stools.

What's It Like To Have A J-Pouch for IBD?
What's it like to have j-pouch surgery to treat ulcerative colitis? An ulcerative colitis patient with a j-pouch shares her experiences.

Vitamin and Mineral Deficiencies In IBD
Vitamin and mineral deficiencies are common in people with IBD, especially vitamins A, D, E, K, and calcium, iron, and zinc.

Essential Travel Tips for People With IBD
Your inflammatory bowel disease doesn't have to keep you home! Find some tips for traveling with IBD (Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis) here.

What Is Lactose Intolerance? Overview & Symptoms
Symptoms of gas, bloating, and diarrhea that occur after eating milk products could a lactose intolerance, the most common condition in the world.

Mouth Ulcers (Aphthous Stomatitis) Related To IBD
Learn about the symptoms, causes, diagnosis, and treatment of mouth ulcers (aphthous stomatitis) or canker sores, associated with IBD.

The Link Between IBD and Depression
Any chronic health condition can cause a certain amount of stress and anxiety. Is there a link between inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) and depression?

What Causes Green, Red, or Black Stool
A stool of an unusual color could be caused by a food or dietary supplement, but red, black, or green stools could also be a symptom of a serious disease or condition.

Foods That Can Cause Gas and Bloating
Broccoli and beans are known for causing gas, but there are other foods that you may never suspect as being the cause of your gas and bloating.

What Are The Causes, Signs, and Treatments of Microscopic Colitis?
Microscopic colitis primarily affects women and causes persistent watery diarrhea. It is unrelated to Crohn's disease or ulcerative colitis.

Understand The Differences Between CD and UC
The differences between Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis, the two primary forms of IBD, can be difficult to understand.

Here's Why I Brought My Own Food To Your Party
You may be insulted to see a friend bring food to your party. Please don't take it personally! Here's why people with IBD must be careful with diet.