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Amber J. Tresca

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By Amber J. Tresca

    Updated Articles and Resources
    • What to Do When You Can't Afford Your Medication Created: Thursday, October 16, 2008 Updated: Thursday, April 17, 2014
      Newer medications are expensive and may not be covered by insurance. Use these tips when you can't afford your drugs.
    • Clostridium difficile Created: Wednesday, October 08, 2008 Updated: Thursday, April 17, 2014
      Clostridium difficile (or C difficile) is a bacteria that is normally found in the large intestine, but which can cause diarrhea after a course of antibiotics has killed healthy bacteria.
    • Signs Your IBD May Be Flaring Created: Wednesday, January 18, 2012 Updated: Thursday, April 17, 2014
      How do you know if your inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) is flaring? One tip that the IBD might be back is if you are experiencing abdominal pain.
    • Packing a Lunch for Irritable Bowel Syndrome Created: Saturday, November 29, 2003 Updated: Thursday, April 17, 2014
      Packing a lunch for kids with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) requires creativity. Get recipes that are just right for kids and adults with IBS.
    • Side Effects of Herbs for Irritable Bowel Syndrome Created: Tuesday, November 18, 2003 Updated: Thursday, April 17, 2014
      Herbs can be an addition an irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) treatment plan, as long as they are taken properly and don't interfere with other treatments.
    • When Should You Call Your Gastroenterologist? Created: Saturday, August 07, 2004 Updated: Thursday, April 17, 2014
      When you have a chronic condition like IBD you need a close relationship with your physician. Which signs and symptoms should prompt you to call the doctor?
    • Erythema Nodosum Created: Monday, June 25, 2007 Updated: Thursday, April 17, 2014
      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).
    • Nasogastric (NG) Tube Created: Tuesday, January 06, 2009 Updated: Thursday, April 17, 2014
      A nasogastric (NG) tube is a device that can be used for a variety of reasons in the diagnosis and treatment of digestive disease.
    • Crohn's Disease and Mycobacterium Paratuberculosis Created: Sunday, September 26, 2004 Updated: Thursday, April 17, 2014
      A bacteria that causes disease in cattle and other animals--and is found in milk--is suspected of having a connection to Crohn's disease.
    • Treating Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) Abdominal Pain Created: Sunday, July 25, 2004 Updated: Wednesday, April 16, 2014
      Abdominal pain is common in IBS, and is often treated with antispasmotics, antidepressants, and alternative therapies such as peppermint.
    • Mercaptopurine (Purinethol, 6-MP) Side Effects Created: Sunday, December 07, 2003 Updated: Wednesday, April 16, 2014
      A list of possible side effects for Mercaptopurine (also called Purinethol or 6-MP), an immunosuppresive medication that is used in the treatment of inflammatory bowel disease.
    • Tips For Preparing For Your Colonoscopy Created: Wednesday, February 27, 2013 Updated: Wednesday, April 16, 2014
      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.
    • Lessening Prednisone Side Effects Created: Saturday, November 22, 2003 Updated: Wednesday, April 16, 2014
      Prednisone is a type of steroid that is used to treat inflammatory conditions. Read about the side effects of prednisone, and how they can be lessened.
    • Gastroenterologist Created: Thursday, March 31, 2005 Updated: Wednesday, April 16, 2014
      A gastroenterologist is an internal medicine physician that specializes in the treatment of disorders of the gastrointestinal tract. How much training do these doctors have, and what conditions do they treat?
    • Will the Side Effects from Prednisone Lessen or Go Away? Created: Thursday, August 30, 2007 Updated: Wednesday, April 16, 2014
      Side effects from the steroid drug prednisone are common. At what dosage are side effects common, and will they reverse once the prednisone is stopped?
    • Do Acne Drugs Cause IBD? Created: Wednesday, September 08, 2010 Updated: Wednesday, April 16, 2014
      Lawsuits have been brought against the maker of Accutane (isotretinoin). Could Accutane cause inflammatory bowel disease (ulcerative colitis)?
    • What Causes Your Flares? Created: Sunday, November 09, 2008 Updated: Wednesday, April 16, 2014
      In a forum thread, people with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) discussed the food and activities that cause flare-ups. Nuts, popcorn, stress, smoking, and changes in the seasons were all discussed as possible flare-up triggers.
    • What Can Cause Pale Stool or Clay-Colored Stool? Created: Sunday, May 14, 2006 Updated: Monday, April 14, 2014
      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.
    • Hemorrhoids Created: Sunday, January 11, 2004 Updated: Monday, April 14, 2014
      Hemorrhoids are enlarged, bulging blood vessels in and about the anus and lower rectum that may cause blood in the stool. Newer hemorrhoid treatments make some types of hemorrhoid removal much less painful.
    • Foods that Can Cause Diarrhea Created: Thursday, October 02, 2008 Updated: Monday, April 14, 2014
      Diarrhea usually goes away on its own. For some, like those who have IBD, some foods may even lead to diarrhea. Find out which foods may cause diarrhea.
    • What Is A Bowel Obstruction? Created: Sunday, March 12, 2006 Updated: Monday, April 14, 2014
      While bowel obstructions can be a complication of digestive disease, such as Crohn's disease, they can happen to anyone. Learn about the symptoms of a partical or total bowel obstruction, as well as how it may be diagnosed and treated.
    • Things People With An Ostomy Wished You Knew Created: Monday, April 14, 2014 Updated: Monday, April 14, 2014
      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.
    • What is Ulcerative Colitis? Created: Wednesday, April 28, 2010 Updated: Friday, April 11, 2014
      Ulcerative colitis is a form of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), a digestive disease that causes stomach pain, bloody diarrhea, and mucus in the stool.
    • The Differences Between Ulcerative Colitis and Crohn's Disease Created: Friday, May 06, 2005 Updated: Friday, April 11, 2014
      The differences between Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis, the two primary forms of IBD, can be difficult to understand. Diagnosing the form of IBD is important because while they share many symptoms, the two diseases are treated very differently.
    • Ciprofloxacin (Cipro) Drug Information Created: Monday, December 08, 2003 Updated: Friday, April 11, 2014
      Ciprofloxacin (Cipro) is used to treat inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) or pouchitis. Get answers on side effects, use during pregnancy, and missed doses.
    • Causes Of Red Stool Or Maroon Stool Created: Friday, February 06, 2004 Updated: Friday, April 11, 2014
      Blood in the stool may be caused by hemorrhoids, anal fissures, colon polyps or colon cancer, diverticular bleeding, or inflammatory bowel disease (IBD)." itemprop="descrip='t3'" --> itemprop="desc...
    • Causes of Rectal Bleeding Created: Friday, June 10, 2011 Updated: Friday, April 11, 2014
      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. Find out what could cause bleeding in the colon (large inte...
    • Can Pepto-Bismol or Kaopectate Turn Your Stool Black? Created: Tuesday, August 26, 2008 Updated: Friday, April 11, 2014
      Can taking the over-the-counter medication bismuth subsalicylates, such as Pepto Bismol or Kaopectate, cause your stool to turn black?
    • Fecal Calprotectin Created: Thursday, March 20, 2014 Updated: Thursday, April 10, 2014
      Could a stool test that measures a protein (fecal calprotectin) be used to diagnose inflammatory bowel disease (IBD)?
    • Crohn's Disease Created: Monday, June 14, 2010 Updated: Thursday, April 10, 2014
      Learn about the symptoms, treatment, diet and prognosis for Crohn's disease, a form of IBD that can cause inflammation anywhere along the digestive tract." itemprop="descriP='t3'" --> itemprop="des...
    • Rectal Bleeding and IBD Created: Monday, May 23, 2011 Updated: Thursday, April 10, 2014
      Bleeding from the rectum is a symptom of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) which is more common with ulcerative colitis than with Crohn's disease.
    • Constipation Causes, Diagnosis and Treatment Created: Thursday, November 10, 2011 Updated: Thursday, April 10, 2014
      Learn more about the causes, treatment, and prevention of constipation, as well as when to see a doctor for hard stools.

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