When you find out that you have ulcerative colitis (UC), that explains why you have symptoms like diarrhea and abdominal cramps. But you probably still have questions, like about food, stress, and how likely your kids are to get UC. Sushila Dalal, MD, an assistant professor of medicine at the Univ
Crohn's disease can get in the way of everyday activities, but you can overcome most of the challenges. Use these tactics to smooth out issues at home, at work, and in your relationships.
Educate your family. Tell your family and friends what it's like to live with Crohn's. They may be confused abou
Diet does not cause Crohn's disease. But pay attention to what you eat, because it can help you control your symptoms. Cutting out some foods may help, especially during a flare. Still, you want to make sure you eat a variety of healthy foods.
"At this point, we don't have an ideal diet for Crohn's.
Ulcerative colitis (UC) has been a part of Jennifer Guarnaccia's life since she was 13. For the last 4 years, the 28-year-old mom has had on-and-off symptom flares. Her most common problems: stomach cramps, fatigue, mouth sores, and diarrhea. "Some days I feel great. But more than half the time it's
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,
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
Living with Crohn's disease today means having more options to treat it than ever before. Your doctor will tailor your treatment just for you. Your treatment plan will depend partly on where and how severe your Crohn's is and whether it is causing other health problems. It may involve more than one
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
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
If your doctor has talked about using biologic drugs to treat your Crohn's disease, you want to learn as much as you can about them. This guide to biologics includes some questions to ask your doctor and yourself. Use it to help you choose the treatment that's right for you.
Unlike some Crohn's drug