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Diverticulitis Treatment

For treatment and diet purposes, please remember to distinguish between diverticulitis and diverticulosis. More information about the distinction between the two conditions can be found on our Diverticulitis or Diverticulosis? section. 

Diverticulitis treatment is focused on getting rid of the infection and inflammation, resting the colon, and preventing or minimizing complications. A diverticulitis attack without any complications may respond to antibiotics within a few days, if treated early. To help the colon rest, the doctor may recommend bed rest and a liquid diet, along with a pain reliever. 

An acute attack, characterized by extreme pain or severe infection, may very well require a hospital stay. Most acute cases of diverticulitis are treated with antibiotics, given by injection into a vein, and a liquid diet. However, in some cases, surgery may be necessary. Diverticulosis. 

Somewhat opposite to what is recommended during a case of diverticulitis (a low-residue, low-fiber diet), increasing the amount of fiber in your diet is highly recommended to reduce diverticulosis symptoms and prevent the onset of diverticulitis, or other complications. Fiber lowers pressure inside the colon, while keeping stool soft, so that bowel contents can move through easily. The American Dietetic Association recommends 20 to 35 grams of fiber each day. Also, please remember to avoid these foods with diverticulitis.