My WebMD Sign In, Sign Up

Ask Your Question

WebMD Answers

120 Characters remaining
120 Characters remaining
  • First, try and keep your question as short as possible.
  • Include specific words that will help us identify questions that may already have your answer.
  • If you don't find your answer, you can post your question to WebMD Experts and Contributors.


Posted: | Report This Report Question |

What Are the Treatments for Diverticulitis?

Related Topics: Diverticulitis

Answers From Experts & Organizations (1)

7,995 Answers
373,728 Helpful Votes

Once you develop diverticula they are there to stay unless you have them surgically removed. You can minimize your chances of developing an infection by modifying your diet. If you have a mild case of diverticulosis, your doctor may have you eat a high-fiber diet to make sure your bowels move regularly and to reduce your odds of getting diverticulitis.

If you develop diverticulitis you need to see a doctor to make sure you recover completely and to avoid possible life-threatening complications. Diverticulitis is treated using diet modifications, antibiotics, and possibly surgery.

Mild diverticulitis infection may be treated with bed rest, stool softeners, a liquid diet, antibiotics to fight the inflammation, and possibly antispasmodic drugs.

However, if you have had a perforation or develop a more severe infection you will probably be hospitalized so you can receive intravenous (through a vein) antibiotics. You may also be fed intravenously to give your colon time to recuperate. In addition, your doctor may want to drain infected abscesses and give your intestinal tract a rest by performing a temporary colostomy. A colostomy creates an opening (called a stoma) so your intestine will empty into a bag that is attached to the front of your abdomen. Depending on the success of your recovery, this procedure may be reversed during a second operation.

If you have several attacks of acute diverticulitis, your doctor may want to remove the affected section of the intestine when you are free of symptoms. You may also need surgery if intravenous therapy does not effectively treat your acute attack of diverticulitis. Whatever your treatment, your chances for a full recovery are very good if you receive prompt medical attention.

You should drink at least eight 8-ounce glasses of water daily to prevent constipation. If you do become constipated, prunes or prune juice may serve as natural laxatives. Follow a low-fat diet; fat slows down the passage of food through the intestine. Get yourself tested for food allergies to identify foods that irritate your system so that you can avoid them.

During acute attacks of diverticulitis, eat low-bulk foods (broths and low-fiber breads) while diverticula are inflamed and sensitive, and make the following foods a significant part of your diet: cooked vegetables, cooked fruits, and apples -- all of which will be soothing to the inflamed intestine. Avoid milk and milk products (yogurts and cheeses), which could worsen your illness, especially if you have diarrhea.

This answer should not be considered medical advice...down arrowThis answer should not be considered medical advice and should not take the place of a doctor’s visit. Please see the bottom of the page for more information or visit our Terms and Conditions.up arrow

| Report This Report Answer
Archived: March 20, 2014

Was this helpful?


Thanks for your feedback.

819 of 848 found this helpful
Read the Original Article: Understanding Diverticulitis Treatment

Answers from Contributors (3)

5 Answers
159 Helpful Votes
There is a natural treatment that addresses diverticulitis. It is a highly concentrated form of the active ingredient in Aloe Vera called AMP (Aloe Mucilaginous Polysaccharide. This is a natural antibiotic. Take this and you can avoid antibiotics and surgery. I take Aloe M.P. Plus. Large number of people have had success. Overtime this will heal the digestive tract. Take some moderate amount of fiber. The product is a little on the expensive side but remember that as time goes by you take less and less.

It took me about 6 weeks for the pain / cramps to subside. Some people have much faster results. It depends on how severe the problem is.

Sadly, conventional medicine still propagates the myth that that the body can't heal. Giving people toxic antibiotics that can damage the digestive tract in some people even more and then cutting out your intestines is not the way to go. Also remember that you can develop more pockets after they cut out some part of your intestines.

here is a comparison of most of the products out there

The opinions expressed here are solely those of the User.down arrowThe opinions expressed here are solely those of the User.
User-generated content areas are not reviewed by a WebMD physician. WebMD understands that reading individual, real-life experiences can be a helpful resource, but it is never a substitute for professional medical advice. Please see the
bottom of the page for more information or visit our Terms and Conditions.up arrow

| Report This Report Answer

Was this helpful?


Thanks for your feedback.

152 of 165 found this helpful