You have been diagnosed with diverticulitis. This is a condition in which small pouches form in your colon (large intestine) and become inflamed or infected. Follow the guidelines below for home care.
Tips for recovery include:
Eat a low-fiber diet at first while you recover. Your healthcare provider may advise a liquid diet. This gives your bowel a chance to rest so that it can recover.
Foods to include: flake cereal, mashed potatoes, pancakes, waffles, pasta, white bread, rice, applesauce, bananas, eggs, fish, poultry, tofu, and well-cooked vegetables
Take your medicines as directed. Don't stop taking the medicines, even if you feel better.
Monitor your temperature and report any rise in temperature to your healthcare provider.
Take antibiotics exactly as directed. Don't miss any and keep taking them even if you feel better.
Drink 6 to 8 glasses of water every day, unless told otherwise.
Use a heating pad or hot water bottle to reduce abdominal cramping or pain.
Tips for prevention include:
Eat a high-fiber diet. Fiber adds bulk to the stool so that it passes through the large intestine more easily.
Keep drinking 6 to 8 glasses of water every day, unless told otherwise.
Start an exercise program. Ask your healthcare provider how to get started. You can benefit from simple activities such as walking or gardening.
Treat diarrhea with a bland diet. Start with liquids only, then slowly add fiber over time.
Watch for changes in your bowel movements (constipation to diarrhea).
Prevent constipation with fiber and add a stool softener if needed.
Get plenty of rest and sleep.
Make a follow-up appointment, or as advised. Your provider may recommend a colonoscopy or other imaging test of your colon.
Call your healthcare provider immediately if you have any of the following:
Fever of 100.4°F (38.0°C) or higher, or as directed by your healthcare provider
Severe cramps in the belly, most commonly the lower left side
Tenderness in the belly, most commonly the lower left side
Nausea and vomiting
Bleeding from your rectum
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