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    What is the treatment for diverticulitis?

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    I am Accredited Practising Dietitian with a passion for helping people who suffer from food intolerance. I have 25 years of experience in this area … View Profile

    When symptoms of pain, diarrhoea and bloody stools with mucous are present, the dietary treatment is a low fibre diet in combination with antibiotics.  However, once the symptoms have gone, the diet should contain at least 30g of fibre each day, both soluble and insoluble, as well as plenty of fluids to increase the bulk and softness of the stools and prevent constipation.  A dietitian can advise you on the appropriate diet.

    Previously patients were advised to avoid seeds and any other foods which contain small hard pieces which are not well digested and may become caught in the diverticuli, but this is no longer thought to be a trigger for infection and inflammation of the diverticuli.  However, some people with diverticulosis prefer to avoid these foods because their personal experience is that they do trigger episodes of diverticulitis.

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