What is infection of the colon called?

Are you feeling a bit off lately? Is your tummy churning like an overactive washing machine on spin cycle? Perhaps, it’s because of an infection in your colon. But wait, what do we even call that? Let’s dive into the world of gastrointestinal illnesses and uncover this mystery together.

Hello Colitis My Old Friend

First things first, let’s address the most common type of colonic infection – colitis. This inflammatory condition affects the lining of the colon resulting in symptoms such as diarrhea, abdominal pain or cramps, rectal bleeding and urgency to defecate. Basically it feels like your insides are being put through a paper shredder.

The Different Types of Colitis

There are several types of colitis depending on their cause:

  • Infectious Colitis: Caused by bacteria or viruses, usually from contaminated food or water sources.
  • Ischemic Colitis: Reduced blood flow to the colon due to underlying medical conditions such as high blood pressure, diabetes or narrowed arteries.
  • Chemical Colitis: Exposure to harmful chemicals found in certain medications (like laxatives), enemas and even spicy foods can lead to chemical irritation within the colon.
  • Autoimmune/Psychosomatic/Unknown Causes: Sometimes our immune system just decides to go rogue for unknown reasons leading to autoimmune damage while other times our brain-gut connection goes haywire causing functional disorders such as irritable bowel syndrome (IBS).

Aye Caramba! It’s Diverticulitis!

Another infamous contender in colonic infections is none other than – drumroll pleasediverticulitis! If you’ve got pockets (‘diverticula’) protruding from weak spots within your intestinal wall which then get infected with fecal matter…voila! You now have diverticulitis. Symptoms can include fever, nausea/ vomiting and possibly even abdominal tenderness.

Ain’t Nobody Got Time For That

One major cause of diverticula formation is chronic constipation which means it’s time to start incorporating more fiber-rich foods into your diet. Because let’s be honest – no one wants to suffer through a bout of diverticultits anytime soon.

Say Hello to Clostridium Difficle – or C-Diff for Short!

If you’re spending some quality time in hospitals, nursing homes or anywhere with lots of health care traffic then you might also come across a true spore villain called Clostridium difficile aka C-Diff. This bacterium can wreak havoc on the gut lining leading to inflammation and diarrhea that can persist for weeks if not properly treated.

How Does One Get Infected With C-Diff?

C-diff bacteria are commonly ingested while taking antibiotics as they destroy both good and bad bacteria leaving an open playground for these spores. So unless you’re trying to cultivate some type of antibacterial jungle on your plate (please don’t), make sure you follow proper dosage guidelines whenever taking antibiotics.

There Are More Types?! Introducing Enterocolitis

If we haven’t made your stomach churn just yet, there’s still one more kind of colonic infection worth mentioning – enterocolitis! This term refers to inflammation within both the small intestine and colon caused by various irritants such as bacterial toxins, parasitic infections, immune-mediated disorders or even food intolerances.

Don’t Be A Sitting Duck For Enterocolitis

Since this infection has many different root causes it’s hard to say which preventative measures would work best but sticking towards whole-foods based diets with plenty of fruits & veggies along with regular hand-washing definitely wouldn’t hurt.

Wrap Up: Keep Your Colon Happy

In conclusion, colon infections come in all shapes and sizes – from infectious colitis to C-diff. But with proper precautions such as hand-washing, proper dietary habits and following medication guidelines we can keep our gut health in tip-top shape. So next time you’re feeling the familiar pangs of nauseousness or diarrhea, just know that you’re not alone…but also know it’s okay to be a little less chatty at your next social gathering.

If your symptoms persist please consult with a qualified healthcare professional for additional advice.

Rock on gut friends!

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