The first thing that you should do to manage obstetric fistula is to see your doctor immediately if you are experiencing any symptoms such as a foul-smelling discharge from your vagina or the passing of feces, pus, or gas from the vagina. Your doctor will examine you and may prescribe antibiotic medications to clear up infection, or suggest surgery. You should also make sure that you gently clean your genital area with a fragrance-free soap and keep the area dry to avoid further irritation and infection. Wear loose-fitting clothing to keep from irritating the area. Be sure to follow your doctor's advice for continued treatment and attend all of your scheduled follow-up appointments.
Abhijit Kulkarni, MD
- internal medicine
Location and Office HoursAllegheny Center for Digestive Health
Pittsburgh, PA 15212
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What should I know about dietary fiber to help prevent digestive diseases?
The recommended amount of dietary fiber is 20-35 grams per day from various sources. You should include both insoluble and soluble fiber in your diet. Sources of insoluble fiber include whole grains, cereals, wheat bran, carrots, nuts, and the peels of pears and apples. Soluble fiber comes from vegetables, fruits, beans, oatmeal, barley, and types of bran other than wheat. If you need to increase your fiber intake, do so gradually, and increase your intake of fluids at the same time. While a diet high in fiber is healthy for the digestive health of most people, people with certain conditions and who take certain medications need to be careful about the kinds of fiber they consume. Talk to your doctor about your dietary fiber intake if you have ever been treated for digestive problems.
What is leaky gut syndrome?
Eva Cwynar, MD, Endocrinology/diabetes/metabolism, answeredLeaky gut syndrome occurs when the lining of the intestines is weakened to the point that their contents can leak out and enter the bloodstream, causing a variety of health problems from fatigue to food sensitivities to skin rashes to migraines. Although the cause of leaky gut syndrome is not really known, it has at times been attributed to allergies, exposure to toxins (which would in turn cause the toxins to leak into the bloodstream), and poor dietary choices.
The symptoms of leaky gut syndrome can include abdominal pain, heartburn, fatigue, insomnia, bloating, anxiety, gluten intolerance, malnutrition, muscle cramps and pains, poor exercise tolerance, and food allergies.
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