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IBS vs. IBD: Differences and Similarities

IBS vs. IBD: Differences and Similarities
Kevin Cleary

Irritable Bowel Disease (IBD) and Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) may sound alike and have similar symptoms, but significant differences can mean different treatments. Stomach or intestinal pain can be annoying and even debilitating, but knowing what is causing your pain can lead to more effective treatment.  

More Than a Tummy Ache 

We have all had a stomachache, but suffering from IBS or IBD is more than eating a bad clam. These two disorders can easily be mistaken for each other. However, some major differences can make treatment very different.

Let’s take a look at the Symptoms of IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome) and IBD (Irritable Bowel Disease): 

Mucus In Stool 
Abdominal pain
Blood in stool
Diarrhea w/constipation
Bleeding Ulcers


While both affect the digestive tract, they aren’t the same disease. Inflammatory Bowel Disease has more serious symptoms than Irritable Bowel Syndrome. Normally IBS doesn’t cause ulcers/lesions in the bowel and typically involves only the colon. IBD can cause ulcers in the tissue of the digestive tract from the mouth to the anus - the most common forms of IBD are Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis. There is no cure for IBS/IBD, and researchers aren’t sure what causes it either. While many factors contribute to IBS, an issue with the immune system may be the cause of IBD. 

Help for You 

Whether dealing with IBS or IBD, finding medical aids to make dealing with these disorders easier can be a godsend.

What is right for you with different symptoms and so many products available?

At HPFY, we have many products available: 

  1. Fleet Saline Laxative Enema: Available in pediatric and adult versions, these enemas draw water into the colon to provide a soft stool mass to alleviate constipation associated with IBS or IBD. A bowel movement should be initiated in 1-5 minutes with no pain or spasm. 
  2. Sure Grip Suppository Inserter: Designed to provide suppository insertion and stimulation for independent bowel management, this aid is angled, adjustable, and can be looped over either hand. Latex-free and FSA-approved, the entire unit can be easily and repeatedly sanitized. 
  3. kGoal Kegel Exerciser With Biofeedback: An interactive training system for women that offers a unique combination of guidance, tracking, biofeedback, and personalized workouts. It’s a great way to exercise the pelvic floor at the base of the abdomen and provides real-time visual and tactile biofeedback. 
Fleet Saline Laxative Enema


Sure Grip Suppository Inserter


kGoal Kegel Exerciser With Biofeedback



Irritable Bowel Syndrome and Irritable Bowel Disease can be painful and debilitating, not to mention a major factor for your quality of life and independence. HPFY has many products to help minimize the negative effects of IBS and IBD and help you overcome the painful effects of this disorder. Visit HPFY for all of your intestinal/digestive tract problems and get control over your everyday life! 


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HPFY Kevin Cleary

Kevin Cleary

Kevin Cleary has been a Health Products For You contributor for many years and has a degree in marketing. His health and wellness journey has a very personal meaning and has guided him in his content writing for HPFY.

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