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Tips for Avoiding IBS Flare-Ups
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Tips for Avoiding IBS Flare-Ups

Managing Irritable Bowel Syndrome Flare-Ups

Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) is a condition that causes abdominal pain, cramping, bloating, changes in bowel habits, and other digestive issues. While you can successfully manage IBS symptoms with lifestyle modifications and dietary changes, flare-ups can still occur.

Knowing how to manage these flare-ups and when to seek emergency care are essential for maintaining your health. Here are some tips and information on when to visit the ER for IBS flare-ups.

Tips to Avoid IBS Flare-Ups

The best way to manage IBS flare-ups is by preventing them altogether. Here are some tips for managing your symptoms and avoiding flares:

  • Stick to a consistent diet — Consuming the same foods every day helps reduce digestive distress and keep symptoms under control. Ensure you include plenty of fiber from fruits, vegetables, whole grains, beans, and legumes.

  • Exercise regularly — Regular exercise helps reduce stress, improve digestion, and regulate hormones in the body, which can help reduce episodes of IBS flare-ups. Aim for at least 30 minutes of activity daily or most days of the week.

  • Manage stress – Stress can trigger or worsen IBS symptoms, so you should find healthy ways to cope with stress, such as yoga, meditation, or even taking a few moments each day.

  • Stay hydrated – Staying hydrated is essential for overall health, especially if you have IBS, as dehydration can worsen symptoms like cramps and diarrhea. Aim for eight glasses of water per day minimum.

When to Visit the Emergency Room

While lifestyle changes may work for minor IBS flare-ups, there are certain situations where it is essential to seek medical attention right away, including:

  • Severe abdominal pain.

  • Uncontrollable nausea/vomiting.

  • Unexplained weight loss.

  • Bloody stool.

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Managing Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) flare-ups can be stressful, but understanding what triggers these episodes and how best to address them can help you take control of your health. However, if you experience intense stomach pain or your symptoms become unbearable, we suggest you visit Excel ER for emergency attention. If you have questions about IBS and our emergency services, please call us at (903) 500-7321, and we'll gladly assist you.

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