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  1. Take Control of Ulcerative Colitis Flares

    An important part of your ulcerative colitis (UC) treatment is to calm flares when they happen. But if you keep your disease in check, you may also have fewer symptoms over time. Here are six ways you can work to make flares become rare. Many people with UC stay on low doses of drugs such as 5-ASA,

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  2. Stay Connected When You Have UC

    A network of supportive people can help you deal with a long-term illness such as ulcerative colitis (UC). But a simple thing like hanging out with friends may seem like a big challenge when you’re battling diarrhea and other symptoms. And what about intimacy? Fortunately, even when you aren't feeli

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  3. Lactose-Free Milk and Nondairy Beverages

    Does milk upset your stomach? You could be lactose intolerant.  But even if you are, you can probably still enjoy light coffee and creamy desserts without discomfort. Here's how. Dairy products are high in calcium, protein, and other nutrients. You may still be able to get these nutrients from dairy

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  4. 10 Tips for When Your Meds Trigger Heartburn

    If you take any prescription or over-the-counter medications, you may have side effects. And one of them can be heartburn -- that burning in your chest or throat that happens when acid flows up from your stomach. Don’t assume you’ll just have to live with it. Make a list of all the medications you t

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  5. Lactose: How Much Can You Take?

    If your doctor just broke the news that you're lactose intolerant, it doesn't mean you'll never get to savor another bite of ice cream. At first, many people fear they'll have to give up all dairy products, says Dee Sandquist, RD, a dietitian in Fairfield, Iowa. But with some trial and error, most p

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  6. Lactose-Free Recipes for Your Favorite Dishes

    You can still enjoy tasty dishes, even if you don’t digest lactose well. For a delicious change of pace, try these lactose-free entree and snack recipes.

  7. Why Tobacco Use May Make Heartburn Worse

    You’ve cut out the pizza and chili dogs, lost weight, and raised the head of your bed. But your heartburn just won’t go away. Before you reach for a new bottle of antacids, you can do one more thing that might help: Quit smoking. A large study found that smokers were much more likely than nonsmokers

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  8. Feeling Good About Your Body When You Have Crohn's

    Crohn's disease can take a toll on your body image, confidence, and comfort. But it doesn't have to. “It is possible to have a good body image with Crohn’s disease," says Sara Ringer, "but it’s something you have to continually put effort into.” Ringer, who's in her early 30s, has gotten medical car

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  9. Taking a Biologic for Crohn's Disease: Risks and Benefits

    Biologics are a class of drugs that can relieve your Crohn's symptoms and keep you in remission. Your doctor may prescribe them if you have moderate to severe Crohn's that doesn't respond to other treatments. As with all drugs, you need to weigh the risks and benefits. Because they suppress the immu

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  10. Avoid Common Mistakes When You Have Crohn's

    Sometimes your best ally in preventing flare-ups from Crohn's disease is common sense. Avoid these key errors to keep Crohn's at bay. Crohn's is a complicated disease, and the treatments are always changing. Your best bet is to get treated by an experienced gastroenterologist. That's a doctor who sp

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