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How is inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) treated?

Treatments for inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) may include:

  • Medicines
  • Surgery
  • Changes in the foods you eat—some people find following specific diets helps ease their symptoms Nutritional supplements Reducing stress and getting enough rest

If you have IBD, your treatment will depend on:

  • Your symptoms and how severe they are
  • Which part of your digestive tract is affected
  • If you have health problems outside the digestive tract

Most people with IBD take medicine to control their symptoms. If medicines cannot control their disease, some people will need surgery.

This answer is based on source information from the National Women's Health Information Center.

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