Crohn's Disease - Home Treatment
Crohn's disease doesn't cause symptoms, no treatment
is needed. Mild symptoms may be treated with antidiarrheal medicines or changes in
diet and nutrition.
- Bowel Disease: Changing Your Diet
In general, doctors recommend that you do not use
nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), such as
ibuprofen or naproxen. These medicines may cause flare-ups
of Crohn's disease. But some people may be more
likely to have flare-ups from NSAIDs than others. Talk to your doctor about
whether to avoid these medicines.
You can also help yourself by:
- Not smoking. Smoking makes
Crohn's disease worse.
- Eating a healthy diet.
- Not using
antibiotics unless they have been prescribed for you by a
- Getting regular exercise.
Support and counseling
Crohn's disease can
affect every aspect of your life. It may make you feel isolated or depressed.
But you can take steps to improve your outlook and coping skills. You may want
to seek professional counseling and social support from family, friends, or
Helping your child
Children who have Crohn's disease may feel self-conscious
if they don't grow as fast as other children their age. Encourage your child
to take medicine as prescribed. Offer help with the treatment so that your
child can feel better, start growing again, and lead a more normal life.
Children tend to have a harder time managing the disease than adults, so your
support is especially important.