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Colon tests and treatments

colonoscopyAs previously discussed, your colon is responsible for crucial processes in your body. Different colon conditions, ranging from a basic case or diarrhea, to more severe conditions such as Chron’s disease, can have a detrimental effect on your body, if left untreated.


In this article we will take a look at a couple of different colon tests (to test for colon conditions) and colon treatments (which will be performed based on the type of condition).

 

The basic test will usually be by means of stool occult blood testing, which is basically a test for blood in the stool. If blood is found during the test, a colonoscopy might be the next step in the search for the source of the blood.


One of the most well-known colon tests is a basic colonoscopy. During this test, a flexible tube with a camera on the end (called an endoscope) moves all the way through the rectum and the colon, so that the doctor can examine the colon surface.  During this process, a small piece of colon tissue can be removed, which will then be used for further testing. This is known as a colon biopsy. These tests are vital in diagnosing conditions ranging from a basic infection or inflammation, to something more severe such as colon cancer.


A virtual colonoscopy is similar to a standard colonoscopy referred to above, with the main difference that a computer and X-ray machines are utilised to create images of the inside of the colon. This procedure is less invasive than the standard colonoscopy, but if the virtual colonoscopy finds any irregularities, a traditional colonoscopy is often needed for further investigate.


Depending on the findings of the colon tests outlined above, different colon treatments will be necessary:


A basic over the counter stool softener, might be all that’s required to soften the stool and relieve constipation. If there is no success with a basic stool softener, a laxative might be necessary. Laxatives aid by either bringing more water to the bowel to relieve constipation, or by stimulating the bowel muscles. The next option (one step above a stool softener and a laxative) is in the form of an enema where a liquid is physically pushed into the colon, through the anus. This often provides instant relief as the medicine is brought directly to the affected areas. Further to the above treatments, prescription antibiotics might be necessary to kill any stubborn bacteria in the colon.


Don’t forget that probiotics are an excellent source of healthy microbes which is necessary for optimal colon health. Always remember to also take your daily dose of Immunadue, known for their colon cleansing and supporting properties.