What the Difference Between IBD and IBS?

Many people get IBS and IBD confused, even though there are major differences between the two conditions.

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In this Mayo Clinic video, Dr. Jean Fox explains that irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is a fairly common complaint of the digestive system affecting between 10 and 20 percent of the population. The symptoms include gas and bloating, diarrhea, constipation and abdominal pain. While it’s uncomfortable to live with, there is no damage to the colon or intestines. IBS can usually be controlled with diet.

Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) shares some of the same symptoms as IBS but they are generally much more severe. Patients may also suffer from rectal bleeding due to ulcerations in the intestines and colon. Mild cases of ulcerative colitis or Crohn’s disease can be controlled with medications but moderate to severe cases may need surgery.

Find out more about Crohn’s disease in this animated video. 

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