Diverticulitis, acute

  • Severe inflammation of the pouches in the large intestine
  • Symptoms may include abdominal pain that often occurs suddenly in the left lower area, fever, change in bowel habits and anorexia
  • Cause commonly occurs when undigested pieces of food collect in the pouches
  • Cannot be spread from person to person
  • Affects males and females
  • Can occur at any age but more common in middle age to elderly adults
  • May be mild to severe
  • May be life threatening if infection develops

  • Increase your fiber intake
  • Increase your fluid intake
  • Exercise regularly
  • Have a bowel movement as soon as you feel the urge

 

FOR PAIN

  • Apply hot or cold packs to the area
  • Relaxation techniques
  • Distraction
  • Over-the-counter medicine (refer to manufacturer’s recommendations for dosage):
    • Acetaminophen
    • Ibuprofen

Schedule an Appointment

If you are not feeling well or are uncertain about a healthcare condition, see a doctor. It could save your life.

More Conditions

Schedule an Appointment

If you are not feeling well or are uncertain about a healthcare condition, see a doctor. It could save your life.

Whats new