Pancreatitis is inflammation of the pancreas.

When the enzymes produced by the pancreas somehow become active while still inside the pancreas, it digests the tissues inside. This will cause swelling and bleeding, and then you have an inflamed pancreas. An inflamed pancreas is basically what we call Pancreatitis.

There are two types of Pancreatitis: acute and chronic. Both can lead to life-threatening disasters.


What is Acute Pancreatitis?

Acute pancreatitis inflammation of the pancreas, it occurs suddenly, but will heal overtime with treatment. But without treatment, acute pancreatitis can be quite serious, and can lead to death. A common cause for acute pancreatitis are gallstones- basically just hardened bile. To prevent gall stones, keep hydrated. Blockage of the pancreatic or common bile duct may also trigger pancreatitis. Large amounts of alcohol consumption may also lead to this disease.



Some common symptoms for acute Pancreatitis include:
  • swollen abdomen
  • pains in the abdomen
  • nausea and vomiting
  • rapid pulse
  • fever
  • clay-coloured stools


The best way to cure pancreatitis is under medical treatment, this may involve hospitalisation. You may not be able to consume any food, as the pancreas will automatically produce enzymes to break down the food, but while you have pancreatitis, the enzymes will attack while still inside the pancreas. If acute pancreatitis is ignored, it can become worse and turn into chronic pancreatitis. Some people will have fluids injected into their veins. Under some circumstances pain medicines such as morphine will be given to the patient.
Other types of therapies include:
  • gallstone removal (this should include surgery)
  • unblocking the pancreatic or bile duct
Pancreatitis should be cured in a week under the correct medical attention. It may come back, depending on how well it was treated previously.

What is Chronic Pancreatitis?:

Chronic pancreatitis is also the inflammation of the pancreas, except this gets worse overtime or does not heal, sometimes, it leads to permanent damage. Chronic pancreatitis is what happens if acute pancreatitis isn't cured, so the symptoms and what causes this infection is rather similar.


Medical treatment is again the best answer to chronic pancreatitis. It is also encouraged to drink large amounts of water and eat smaller meals. Caffeine consumption should be limited, too. A docot will put you on a special diet according to how bad the pancreatitis is.
Some other treatments may include:
  • Pain medicines
  • Limited alcohol consumption
  • Adding more vitamins and calcium into the diet
There isn't really a lot you can do to cure chronic pancreatitis, so keeping a healthy diet is important to stop pancreaitis from becoming worse.

Did you know that both types of pancreatitis occurs more often in men than women?



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