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Managing small bowel overgrowth
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Managing small bowel overgrowth

I have a number of strictures in my small bowel due to Chrons/Colitis.  Some narrowing s are even in the jejunum.  I eat well chewed foods and liquids and get by.  However, I do have a huge amount of belching and flatis.  Having been placed on antibiotics several times for a sinus infection, we have observed that all of the gas issues disappear while I am on the therapy and 1-2 after and then the symptoms come back.  I have been told by my GI Doc that this is likely bacterial overgrowth.  What is the best way to manage this overgorwth issue as  the excessive belching and bloating can create a lot of nausea and loss of appetite and resulting weight loss.

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Antibiotic therapy is the mainstay in the treatment of bacterial overgrowth.
Since there are chances of weightloss and nutritional deficiency, this has to be taken care of.
If possible the anatominal problem has to be treated.
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