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What should you do when you find out you have Crohn's disease?

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First, you need to find a doctor who treats the digestive tract -- a gastroenterologist. Your regular doctor can help you find one.

As you choose a doctor, consider:

How many people with IBD does this doctor see each year? You want to work with someone who sees a lot of people with Crohn’s. They’ll understand what's involved in treating people with this condition and know more about prescription medications to control the disease.

From: When You're New to Crohn's Disease WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation of America: "About Crohn's Disease," "Find a Specialist or Treatment Center," "Living With Crohn's Disease," and "Managing Flares and Other IBD Symptoms."

National Digestive Diseases Information Clearinghouse: "Crohn's Disease."

Reviewed by Neha Pathak on October 8, 2019

SOURCES:

Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation of America: "About Crohn's Disease," "Find a Specialist or Treatment Center," "Living With Crohn's Disease," and "Managing Flares and Other IBD Symptoms."

National Digestive Diseases Information Clearinghouse: "Crohn's Disease."

Reviewed by Neha Pathak on October 8, 2019

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