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What steps can help lower my risk for a Crohn's disease flare-up?

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Take these steps to help lower your risk of a Crohn’s flare-up:

  • Don’t smoke, or get help to quit.
  • Eat a diet rich in whole, fresh foods instead of processed foods.
  • Don’t take nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs like ibuprofen or aspirin for minor aches and pains. They can cause bleeding or ulcers in your gut.
  • Take probiotics to help fight infections and keep your gut’s bacteria in a healthy balance. You can find probiotics in foods like yogurt, or take supplements.
  • Don’t take an antibiotic for an infection unless your gastroenterologist says it’s okay.
  • Keep up with doctor’s appointments to make sure you have no signs of Crohn’s coming back. Stay up to date with vaccinations, or health screenings that your doctor suggests. If your insurance changes and you can’t afford your maintenance drugs, let your doctor know right away.

SOURCES:

Gil Y. Melmed, MD, Director, Clinical Inflammatory Bowel Disease, Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, Los Angeles, CA; spokesman, American Gastroenterological Association;

Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of America: “Maintenance Therapy.”

Lichtenstein, Gary R. , published online, January 2009. American Journal of Gastroenterology

MayoClinic.org: “Crohn’s Disease: Treatments and drugs.”

Herfarth, Hans. April/May 2013. AGA Perspectives,

Reviewed by Minesh Khatri on June 14, 2018

SOURCES:

Gil Y. Melmed, MD, Director, Clinical Inflammatory Bowel Disease, Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, Los Angeles, CA; spokesman, American Gastroenterological Association;

Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of America: “Maintenance Therapy.”

Lichtenstein, Gary R. , published online, January 2009. American Journal of Gastroenterology

MayoClinic.org: “Crohn’s Disease: Treatments and drugs.”

Herfarth, Hans. April/May 2013. AGA Perspectives,

Reviewed by Minesh Khatri on June 14, 2018

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