How long does a diverticulitis flare up last?
“If you have diverticulitis with no complications, typically after diagnosis we treat with antibiotics,” Altawil says. “We usually see improvement within the first 24 hours, then considerable improvement within three to five days, and then the disease resolves in about 10 days.”
What are the symptoms of a diverticulitis flare up?
Diverticulitis (flare-up) occurs when the diverticula become inflamed and/or infected. There might be an increase in diarrhea, cramping, and bowel irritability, and symptoms can include intense pain, abdominal cramping, bleeding, bloating, and fever.
What should I do if I have a diverticulitis attack?
- Antibiotics to treat infection, although new guidelines state that in very mild cases, they may not be needed.
- A liquid diet for a few days while your bowel heals. Once your symptoms improve, you can gradually add solid food to your diet.
- An over-the-counter pain reliever, such as acetaminophen (Tylenol, others).
Can diverticulitis pain go away on its own?
A mild case of diverticulitis may go away on its own without any treatment. When treatment is necessary, antibiotics and a liquid or low-fiber diet may be all that is necessary to resolve symptoms. Only about 5 percent of people who have diverticulosis ever go on to develop diverticulitis.