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Irrfan Khan passes away due to Colon Infection; What is colon infection?

Colon infection explained: The illness that ended English Medium actor Irrfan Khan's journey on earth


One of the most talented actors of Indian cinema Irrfan Khan left for his heavenly abode today. The actor who marked his Bollywood debut with Salaam Bombay changed the way parallel cinema was perceived in the industry. The nation is mourning the loss of the intense actor who passed away in a Mumbai hospital.

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Ever since the news of Irrfan Khan passing away due to colon infection hit headlines. Friends and fans are in shock. Many are wondering what exactly is Colon infection? What are its symptoms, prevention and treatment of the health issue?

Everything you need to know about Co

What is Colon Infection?

Colitis is a chronic digestive disease characterized by inflammation of the inner lining of the colon. Infection, loss of blood supply in the colon, Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD), and invasion of the colon wall with collagen or lymphocytic white blood cells are all possible causes of an inflamed colon. Having cancer and certain treatments for cancer, such as chemotherapy can put you at a higher risk of developing an infection and sepsis.

Inflamed colon symptoms:

  • diarrhea with or without blood.
  • abdominal pain and cramping.
  • fever.
  • urgency to have a bowel movement.
  • nausea.
  • bloating.
  • weight loss.
  • fatigue.


Common tests for colitis include X-rays of the colon, testing the stool for blood and pus, sigmoidoscopy and colonoscopy. Additional tests include stool cultures and blood tests, including blood chemistry tests.

Treatment of Colon infection:

The treatment depends on the type of colitis and cause. Many cases require little more than symptomatic care, including clear fluids to rest the bowel and medications to control pain. Patients who have become acutely ill often need intravenous fluids and other interventions.


Many people have found that one or more of the following foods have triggered their symptoms:

  • Alcohol
  • Caffeine
  • Carbonated beverages
  • Dairy products (if lactose intolerant)
  • Dried beans, peas, legumes, dried fruits or berries
  • Fruits with pulp or seeds
  • Foods containing sulfur or sulfate
  • Foods high in fiber (including whole-grained products)
  • Hot sauces and spicy foods
  • Meats
  • Refined sugar

Courtesy: medicinenet.com

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