Do you ever wonder about the differences between IBS and IBD? While these two conditions share some similarities, there are some major differences between irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) and inflammatory bowel disease (IBD).
What are the Differences Between IBS and IBD?
Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)
Of the two conditions, IBS is by far the more common. IBS is a condition that affects the large intestine. Unlike IBD, IBS does not change the bowel tissue in the body. It is a chronic condition though, and it can produce some uncomfortable symptoms such as:
- Abdominal pain
- and more.
Usually, IBS is treated through changes in diet, an increased intake of fiber, and elimination of foods that cause the symptoms. There are several medications available that may be prescribed in certain situations, particularly when the symptoms are affecting an individual’s lifestyle.
Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD)
IBD is usually either or both or two specific conditions: Crohn’s disease and/or ulcerative colitis. Both are conditions that can affect the small and large intestines, as well as the stomach, mouth, and anus. Basically, there is inflammation in part of or across the entire GI tract. The symptoms for IBD are generally more severe than IBS. These symptoms can include:
- Abdominal pain
- Rectal bleeding
- Weight loss
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