Crohn’s Disease is a kind of inflammatory bowel disease that affects a part of your gastrointestinal tract from your mouth to you anus. Those that have the disease may experience abdominal pain, diarrhea which may be bloody depending on how severe the disease is, fever and even weight loss. Those with the disease may also have bowel obstruction and because of this are at greater risk of bowel cancer.
It is caused by a combination of many factors including environmental, immune and bacterial factors in individuals that are genetically susceptible to the disease. Now there is currently no available medications that can cure the disease. Surgical procedures are also out of the question. There are, however, treatment options that can help with the symptoms felt, make sure to maintain remission, and may prevent a relapse.
There are several drugs that can help those with the disease cope and live normal lives. Some of these drugs include:
· Anti-inflammatory drugs such as salicylates can lessen the inflammation caused by the disease and help alleviate the pain. There are however side effects that include gastrointestinal upset, nausea, headaches, diarrhea or even wealth.
· Corticosteroids is another treatment that you can take as it is also inflammatory. However, there are side effects such as bone thinning and muscle loss.
· Drugs that are immune system modifiers can help give a chance to everyone to live a normal life. Azathiorprine and methotrexate are some examples. However, long period use can cause infections that are life-threatening.
· Antidiarrheal drugs can help with the current situation.
This disease is fairly uncommon but still around 700,000 Americans suffer from this disease. Most clinics and hospitals that have a gastroenteritis doctor should be able to diagnose and recommend treatment options to manage the symptoms experienced by a patient with Crohn’s Disease, but sometimes a specialist that has more experience with this condition can be a good idea to seek out.
Please comment on any specialists or centers that you may know of that can be of help for those suffering from Crohn’s Disease, thank you!
written by: michealtrump6