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For which Crohn's complications are antibiotics used for?

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Antibiotics help with:

  • Abscesses: These are pockets of pus that, in Crohn’s, often form near the anus.
  • Fistulas: These are abnormal tunnels that go from one part of your intestine to another or to nearby areas, such as the bladder, vagina, anus, or skin.
  • Pouchitis: For some people, Crohn’s disease is so severe that they need an operation to have their colon removed. The surgeon makes an internal pouch to hold solid waste before it leaves your body. If this area becomes inflamed -- known as "pouchitis" -- you'll need antibiotics for treatment.

From: Antibiotics for Crohn's Disease WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

Crohn's & Colitis Foundation of America: "Crohn's Disease Medication Options" and "Antibiotics."

Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center: "What are the treatments for Crohn's disease?"

MedlinePlus: "Ampicillin" and "Rifaximin."

Reviewed by Jennifer Robinson on November 21, 2018

SOURCES:

Crohn's & Colitis Foundation of America: "Crohn's Disease Medication Options" and "Antibiotics."

Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center: "What are the treatments for Crohn's disease?"

MedlinePlus: "Ampicillin" and "Rifaximin."

Reviewed by Jennifer Robinson on November 21, 2018

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