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Irritable Bowel Syndrome: Causes and Treatments for IBS

Saturday, 15 Mar 2014 12:52 AM

Irritable bowel syndrome is a common condition in which patients suffer from symptoms such as bloating stomach, abdominal pain, mucus in stools, and alternating constipation and diarrhea. Irritable bowel syndrome is usually abbreviated as IBS. People suffering from stomach infection may develop IBS. Bacteria may cause such stomach infection. Other stomach-related diseases like GERD are also associated with IBS. Irritable bowel syndrome is a gastrointestinal disorder that causes symptoms due to changes in the GI tract.
 
Causes of Irritable Bowel Syndrome
 
Causes of IBS are not precisely known. Some factors such as infection, emotional stress, and eating some foods may worsen the condition and can be among possible causes of irritable bowel syndrome. More women than men are prone to IBS, with symptoms usually appearing in early adulthood. Some other causes may include changes in the routine and diet.
 
Psychological factors can also be among the causes of irritable bowel syndrome. Episodes of food poisoning can be associated causes. Certain foods like chocolate, alcohol, and milk can be among other causes. Among causes, stress can aggravate the symptoms of IBS. Other causes associated with IBS may include hormonal changes. Psychological causes are more commonly observed in women.
 
Treatments of Irritable Bowel Syndrome  

Different types of medications are effective treatments for IBS. Taking antidepressants can help treat depression and can treat abdominal pain. Antispasmodic medicines can reduce abdominal pain. Laxatives are helpful treatments for constipation.

Exercise can be beneficial among IBS treatments. It provides relief from associated symptoms. Thirty minutes of daily exercise can be very helpful. Brisk walking can also be beneficial.
 
Stress aggravates the symptoms of IBS. Hence, controlling stress can be beneficial for patients. Relaxation techniques are helpful treatments. Yoga and meditation are useful stress-reduction treatments.
 
Regular consumption of probiotics is beneficial for all IBS treatments. They are good for digestive health and help in reducing associated symptoms.
 
Changing your diet can help in reducing the symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome. Foods containing soluble and insoluble fibers are useful as treatments of constipation and diarrhea, respectively.
 
Psychological therapies are helpful treatments for IBS. Psychological treatments include hypnotherapy, cognitive behavioral therapy, and psychodynamic interpersonal therapy.

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Irritable bowel syndrome is a gastrointestinal disorder in which patients suffer from abdominal pain and alternating constipation and diarrhea. Causes of IBS are not known but are considered to be associated with a number of factors. IBS may be associated with stomach infection.
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