Crohn's Disease: 54 Tips to Help You Manage
With the right treatment, you can manage your Crohn's disease symptoms. These simple tips can help.
Crohn's disease, an
inflammatory bowel disease affecting 500,000 Americans,
can overwhelm your daily life. Day-to-day living is especially difficult if you
suffer chronic symptoms like frequent diarrhea, gastrointestinal bleeding, anal
tears, or bowel obstructions.
Fortunately, treatments for Crohn's disease can make a big difference.
Effective treatments range from lifestyle changes to
medications, or even
surgery in severe cases. The right treatments can reduce symptoms, lengthen
remissions, and help you enjoy a happy, productive life.
To get a handle on your Crohn's disease, read these basic facts and tips on
nutrition, lifestyle, travel, and treatment. Fast Facts About Crohn's Disease
Crohn's disease is a chronic inflammation of the digestive tract -- usually
the small intestine and/or colon.
No one knows what causes Crohn's, but some think it's affected by genetics,
the immune system, and environmental issues.
There are four types of Crohn's; your doctor will diagnose which you have
based on the location and severity of the disease.
New research shows that certain genes can lead to an increased risk of
Remission of Crohn's can last from months to years. Treatment is usually
the cause of remissions.
There's no evidence that
irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) eventually leads to
Crohn's disease. Crohn's Disease Symptom Tips
Fever and night sweats can be Crohn's symptoms. Talk with your doctor to be
Common symptoms of Crohn's disease include abdominal pain, diarrhea, and
Don't feel much like eating? Poor appetite can be a Crohn's disease
symptom. Talk with your doctor.
Symptoms of Crohn's disease can come and go. Some people have mild or no
Get a balanced amount of proteins, calories, and nutrients to help manage
Crohn's disease symptoms.
Experiencing cramps or diarrhea? Anti-diarrheal agents and anti-spasmotics
can offer relief.
Treatment Tips for Crohn's Disease
Your Crohn's disease treatment choices depend on the location and severity
of your disease.
When Crohn's disease goes into remission, it's usually due to treatment
with medication or surgery.
Treatment for Crohn's disease includes anti-inflammatory drugs,
antibiotics, and/or surgery.
Know what's in your medicine cabinet: Aspirin can worsen the inflammation
caused by Crohn's disease.
Some antibiotics can reduce Crohn's inflammation, though no one yet knows
Corticosteroids, a treatment for Crohn's, can raise your osteoporosis
risks. Talk to your doctor about prevention.
Lifestyle Tips: Living Better When You Have Crohn's
Appetite a little low? Try eating small, frequent meals, instead of a few
When you enjoy a great restaurant meal without irritation or side effects,
jot down which items you ordered.
Manage symptoms of Crohn's disease: enjoy a balanced diet and proper
Smoking can make Crohn's disease symptoms worse. Now is a good time to
Feeling fatigued? Enjoy regular exercise, a healthy diet, and enough sleep.
And talk to your doctor.
Taking antibiotics for Crohn's disease symptoms? Avoid alcohol, which can
worsen some side effects.