Many people suffer from some form of digestive problems. Although you may be tempted to ignore these health issues because they are embarrassing, there are many simple treatments that can address digestive problems and their symptoms. Visiting your community hospital to discuss your condition with a knowledgeable physician is the first step on the road to improved comfort and overall health.
Peptic ulcers are sores on the lining of the stomach that are a common cause of stomach pain. Treatment is necessary to prevent permanent damage to the stomach or digestive tract. Ulcers caused by a bacterial infection are often treated via a combination of antibiotics and acid reduction therapy. Severe ulcers may require surgery to repair damaged stomach tissues.
Treating Lactose Intolerance
Lactose intolerance affects 30-50 million Americans, causing cramping, bloating, diarrhea, and nausea when foods containing lactose are consumed. These symptoms arise because the body does not produce the enzyme required to break down lactose in the digestive system. Treatment includes medication to replace this enzyme, allowing comfortable consumption of milk and dairy products. Choosing milk substitutes and keeping lactose in the diet to a minimum can also alleviate symptoms of lactose intolerance.
Treating Inflammatory Bowel Disease
Inflammatory bowel diseases, such as Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis, cause the body to mistakenly attack the gastrointestinal tract. This process can result in a variety of symptoms, including anemia, rectal bleeding, weight loss, and abdominal discomfort. Treatment for inflammatory bowel diseases utilizes medications to prevent the immune system from attacking the digestive tissues. In some cases, surgery may be suggested to remove the colon to address ulcerative colitis.
The Digestive Health Center offers treatment for digestive disorders as part of Memorial Hospital of Florida. Screening and treatment options include endoscopic colonoscopy, sigmoidoscopy, bronchoscopy, and PEG tube feeding placement. If you’d like more information about diagnosis and treatment of digestive disorders and more at our Tampa community hospital, please call (813) 873-6400 or contact us online.