Diverticula are small pouches that form in the lining of the digestive tract, most often in people over the age of 40. While these pouches may never cause a problem they can, on occasion, become inflamed or infected and cause diverticulitis. The inflammatory condition is characterized by mild to severe abdominal pain, nausea, changes in bowel habits, and possibly fever. Diverticulitis treatments depend on the severity of symptoms and the general health of the individual.
Physicians often place patients suffering from diverticulitis on a liquid diet. Usually, individuals are kept on this type of diet for a few days until their bowels heal and the inflammation subsides. Solid food is more likely to cause pain during a bout of diverticulitis. After a few days of being on liquids, individuals can begin to reintroduce solid foods.
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