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General Physician - Answered on Jun 21, 2024

Dr Hemalata Arora is a senior consultant who practises internal medicine at Mumbai’s Nanavati Max Super Speciality Hospital.
In a career spanning over 24 years, she has focused on managing infectious diseases, critical illnesses and lifestyle disorders.
Dr Arora completed her MBBS and MD from the King Edward Memorial Hospital and Seth Gordhandas Sunderdas Medical College in Mumbai.
She is ECFMG certified, accredited by the American Board of Internal Medicine, Diplomate of the National Board and a DNB faculty.
She was honoured with the Paul Bunn award for her promising performance in the field of infectious diseases at SUNY Upstate Medical University, New York.... more
Dan Question by Dan on Jun 19, 2024Hindi

I am 41 years old. I had been detected with Ulcerative Colitis at age of 21. I had suffered for 5 years and then got cured. I had trying everything so I do not know what worked for me. I was healthy for past 11 years without any medication and without food restrictions. Then I took covid vaccine and symptoms resurfaced in 2022. Since then I am taking allopathy and ayurvedic medicine but it's on and off. I was okay for past 1 year but it's again have come back and ayurvedic medicine I used to take are no more giving me complete relief. I am stressed out. How will I get back to normal again.

Ans: Ulcerative colitis can be an intermittent and somewhat progressive illness. I would suggest taking allopathic medications to get complete relief and then maintaining with diet, fitness and some alternative medicines as you prefer.
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