Irritable Bowel Syndrome

"Is there a cure for iritable bowel syndrome?" With 25 to 50 million Americans suffering from irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), there are plenty of people asking just this question.

Also known as spastic colon, mucous colitis, irritable colon and nervous stomach, this disease has no cure, and is the main culprit for visits to the gastroenterologist. Before we discuss the many prevention and treatment options for iritable bowel syndrome, let's go over its symptoms:

Irritable bowel syndrome is classified as a functional disease of the bowel, or intestines, because it limits the ability of the gastrointestinal organs to function correctly. This disease affects men and women of all ages and races, and cannot be diagnosed through x-ray or blood tests. In addition to being painful and uncomfortable, untreated IBS can have serious health ramifications, including weight problems and decreased health of skin and hair.

A multi-faceted approach can often work to significantly prevent the symptoms of iritable bowel syndrome:

Though there is no cure for irritable bowel syndrome, there are many treatment options available.

Though many people successfully treat iritable bowel syndrome with natural and over-the-counter products, you should see a doctor if your IBS symptoms do not ease or if they become severe. Additionally, if stress and anxiety are major symptom triggers, a behavioral health specialist, counselor, or psychiatrist may be necessary.

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