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Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) treatment

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Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) treatment

The symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) can often be managed with diet and lifestyle changes alone, and it is important to understand the nature of the condition. Changing your diet will play an important part in controlling your symptoms. However, everyone reacts differently to different foods. It is helpful to keep a diary of your food intake and your reaction to it in order to avoid those that may trigger your symptoms. It is important to learn the difference between soluble and insoluble fibre foods and avoid the latter. Often patients are advised to study the FODMAP diet. Sometimes the condition is managed with medication, such as antispasmodics or even anti-mobility medicines, depending on your particular type of IBS. In some cases psychological treatments are also helpful.

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