Your treatment will depend on
the type of symptoms you have and how bad they are.
There are a few steps you can take
to help yourself feel better. Take your medicine just as your doctor tells you
to. Exercise, and eat healthy meals. Don't smoke. Smoking makes Crohn's disease
common treatment for Crohn's disease is medicine. Mild symptoms of Crohn's
disease may be treated with over-the-counter medicines to stop diarrhea. But
talk with your doctor before you take them, because they may cause side effects.
You may also use prescription medicines. They help control
inflammation in the intestines and keep the disease from causing symptoms.
(When you don't have symptoms, you are in
remission.) These medicines also help heal damaged
tissue and can postpone the need for surgery.
Crohn's disease makes it hard for your body to absorb
nutrients from food. A meal plan that focuses on high-calorie, high-protein
foods can help you get the nutrients you need. Eating this way may be easier if
you have regular meals plus two or three snacks each day.
Crohn's disease can be stressful. The disease affects every part of your life.
Seek support from family and friends to help you cope. Get counseling if you
Many people with inflammatory bowel diseases look to
alternative treatments to improve their well-being.
These treatments haven't been proved effective for Crohn's disease, but they
may help you cope. They include massage, supplements such as vitamins D and
B12, and herbs like ginseng.