Colitis in Denver, CO

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Colitis is an issue that indicates the general swelling of the inner lining of the large intestine. There are a few different forms of this GI condition that could cause swelling of the colon, along with other different issues. A few frequent forms of colitis:

  • Microscopic colitis: Causes frequent loose diarrhea
  • Infectious colitis (food poisoning): Caused by ingestion of bacteria and viruses
  • Ulcerative colitis (IBD colitis): Leads to irritation and inflammation of the digestive tract
  • Ischemic (ischaemic) colitis: An outcome of poor blood flow

Though ulcerative colitis is often called colitis, these are actually two different conditions. The skilled providers at Denver Digestive Health Specialists are here to address different types of colitis and other GI ailments you may be suffering. If you want to locate treatment for colitis in Denver, CO, we invite you to request a consultation at one of our locations near you today.

There are several different causes why the inner tissue layer of the large bowel may be swollen. Some of the most common reasons include:

  • Crohn’s disease
  • Certain drugstore and prescription medicines (typical drugs which can bring on colitis include nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) and mycophenolate)
  • IBD (inflammatory bowel disease)
  • Loss of blood supply to the intestine (ischemia)
  • Allergies
  • Attack of the intestinal lining from collagen or white blood cells
  • Infection (due to parasites invading the intestines)

No matter the cause of your colitis, you will be able to connect with a provider at Denver Digestive Health Specialists who can help provide a solution.

Symptoms of colitis are:

  • Swelling or redness of the eyes
  • Stools with blood
  • Cramps
  • Canker sores
  • Abnormal bathroom habits (such as the constant need to eliminate waste)
  • Sores on the colon
  • Discomfort in/of the joints or abdomen (colon), which can arise in waves or be persistent
  • Tenderness in the abdomen
  • Tiredness
  • Rapid weight loss
  • Higher than normal body temperature and/or chills (indicators of infection)
  • Diarrhea (with or without the presence of blood)
  • Depression


Regular interventions used for all types of colitis can include:

  • Popular inflammatory bowel disease medications
  • Changing your diet
  • Pain-relieving drugs
  • Administering fluids to the body (orally or with an IV)
  • Improving essential body functions

Depending on the cause of the colitis, you may have various treatment options. Some examples of causes are:

  • Inflammatory bowel disease: When the reason for the inflammation is the result of Crohn’s disease or ulcerative colitis, then anti-inflammatory medicines might be recommended to start with and immunosuppressant drugs could be added if needed. Surgery may be required according to the stage of the colitis.
  • Ischemic colitis: The normal treatment for ischemic colitis is to hydrate the body using IV solutions and give the intestines the opportunity to heal. In the event that the blood supply in the colon is not improved, surgery could be performed to remove those portions of the colon that lost blood circulation.
  • Microscopic colitis: In certain instances, the body can heal on its own. It might also be addressed by using anti-diarrheal medicine and particular steroid drugs, adjustment of diet, and (less frequently) surgical procedures.
  • Infections: If the infection is caused by bacteria, then antibiotics could be the best course of treatment. If the infection is caused by a virus, then keeping the body hydrated and waiting several days would be the primary way to address your colitis.
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At our Denver, CO locations, we suggest you contact one of our GI specialists whenever you experience:

  • Diarrhea that persists for more than 14 days
  • Stools with blood
  • Dehydration or fever
  • Concerning abdominal discomfort that worsens over time

Since these could all be signs of colitis, we will do our best to address your symptoms and create a treatment plan as quickly as possible.

Always on the forefront of current and emerging therapies for colitis and other different digestive diseases, the providers at Denver Digestive Health Specialists offer patient-focused care that allows individuals to have an elevated quality of life. For specialized colitis treatment in Denver, CO, we encourage you to request a consultation with one of our locations near you.

What are the differences between ulcerative colitis and colitis?

Colitis and ulcerative colitis, though related, have distinct differences in their scope and health implications. Colitis is a general term for inflammation of the colon, which can be triggered by infections, reduced blood flow, medications, or allergies, resulting in symptoms like abdominal pain and diarrhea. Ulcerative colitis, however, is a specific type of colitis categorized under inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). It involves chronic inflammation and ulcer formation on the inner lining of the colon and rectum, often causing more severe symptoms.

What kind of diet should I follow if I have colitis?

Managing colitis effectively involves adopting a diet aimed at reducing intestinal distress and supporting healing. A low-residue diet, which minimizes fiber intake to decrease bowel movement frequency and volume, can be helpful in limiting the symptoms of colitis. Additionally, an anti-inflammatory diet rich in omega-3 fatty acids, lean proteins, and plenty of fruits and vegetables can aid in reducing inflammation. An elimination diet, where potential irritants like gluten, dairy, and processed foods are removed and then gradually reintroduced, can identify specific food sensitivities. Together, these dietary approaches can help alleviate symptoms, maintain nutritional balance, and promote overall digestive health.

What are the risks of not treating colitis?

If colitis is left untreated, it can lead to serious complications. There is a risk of colon perforation, a life-threatening condition where a hole forms in the colon wall. Patients might also develop toxic megacolon, characterized by rapid swelling and potential rupture of the colon. Additionally, untreated colitis increases the risk of colon cancer due to chronic inflammation and can also lead to other inflammatory conditions like arthritis or skin disorders. Early diagnosis and treatment are essential to prevent these serious health issues.

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