Human Anatomy 32
10 September 2014
Diverticulitis & Cellulitis Diverticulitis is an inflammation of a diverticulum especially in the colon causing pain and disturbance of bowel function. Most patients with diverticulosis have few or no symptoms. Abdominal pain, constipation and diarrhea can occur with diverticulosis. It happens when feces get trapped in the pouches. Some symptoms include fever and chills, bloating, gas, diarrhea constipation, nausea and vomiting. Doctor’s take a history and do a physical exam if suspected of diverticulitis. Urinalysis exam is done to indicate if there is a urinary tract infection, along with abdominal x-rays, computed tomography. Depending on how bad symptoms are the doctor starts off the patient with only liquids, prescribes medicines for pains like antibiotics, if you have long lasting (chronic) pain you may need surgery. Cellulitis is the inflammation of subcutaneous connective tissue. Cellulitis is a common skin infection that happens when bacteria spread through the skin to deeper tissues. Most cases are mild and last several days to a couple of weeks. But cellulitis can sometimes progress to a more serious infection, causing severe illness that affects the whole body. You can get infected after any event that causes a break in the skin, such as: surgery, a cut or bite, new tattoo or piercing, problems that cause skin breakdown, such as eczema, psoriasis, or a fungal infection like athlete's foot. It is treated with antibiotic pills that you can take at home, if the infection is severe, you may need to be treated in a hospital to get the IV fluid antibiotic that will directly go into your blood stream.