Treament for crohns disease

Crohn’s disease, an inflammatory bowel disease, is a chronic condition that requires lifelong treatment and care. There is no permanent cure for this disease as of now. This condition usually affects the small intestines in the initial stage. It then begins to spread to the other parts of the body, affecting the entire digestive tract. Though not contagious, many people suffer from this condition because of their lifestyle. Anyone of any age can suffer from this disease which fluctuates in its severity and can become dormant or flared up at any time. Different people experience different symptoms of the disease. The symptoms can range from mild problems in the gastro-intestinal tract to severe pains and complications like anal fissures.

If you have Crohn’s disease, your entire gastro intestinal tract is susceptible. The causes of this disease are generally genetic or environmental in nature. A weak immune system could also cause this disease. The patients of Crohn’s disease commonly experience severe stomach aches, diarrhea, fatigue and occasional rectal bleeding. When it’s severe, there can be high fever too. Due to the diseased condition of the gastro-intestinal tract, often the patients complain of a loss of appetite and lose weight drastically. The symptoms are not permanent. They usually appear after brief intervals and then disappear for some time. The most painful symptom is anal fissures. Due to this disease, thin tears along the lining of the rectum can develop. This is extremely painful. Another painful symptom of the disease is the formation of tunnel-like fistula between the loops of the intestines that causes drainage of stool and occasional pus. For mild cases, oral medications called aminosalicylates is sufficient to relieve inflammation. These drugs keep the symptoms suppressed and increase the quality of life of the patient. There are however serious cases that need to be treated with steroids.

The medicines are strong and the potential side effects are many. Due to the long course and the prospect of taking such medicines for an entire lifetime, often people prefer to take natural anti-inflammatory substances like fish oil. It has been proved to be as effective as any prescribed medicine for this condition and is also great for the health of the intestines. Ensuring the presence of all nutrients in the diet is a very important aspect of the treatment for this condition. Patients often become malnourished because of the digestive tract’s inability to absorb nourishment from the food. To avoid any further complications in your case, take in nutritional supplements and make sure that you have all the necessary nutrients in your diet.

answered by G M

Crohn’s disease is an inflammatory disorder of the alimentary canal and affects any area from the mouth to the anus. Crohn’s disease can relapse and can also be chronic in nature. The onset of Crohn’s disease could be due to various reasons such as age, hereditary, low immunity, dietary intake and infections. This gastro intestinal disorder manifests itself through various symptoms such as diarrhea, abdominal pain, rectal bleeding and fever. Chronic Crohn’s disease can lead to associated complications and disorders such as arthritis, ankylosing spondylitis, blockage of the intestine and weight loss. Inflammatory Bowel Diseases (IBD) cause high levels of toxins causing other unfavorable conditions such as skin boils, canker sores and longer healing periods for smallest of wounds.

Diet plays an important role in inflammatory bowel diseases; it can help control or aggravate the condition. Therefore, it is important to understand the types of food that can help control the disease and eliminate the disease naturally. Primarily, eating raw foods or juices is ideal to make it easy on the stomach to digest and process the food. Raw foods such as fresh fruits and vegetables also add nutritive value helping the body and the digestive system. It is also advisable to avoid all types of oily, fried and fatty foods to reduce the load on the digestive system. Avoidable foods also include red meat, butter, mayonnaise and spicy condiments. Other troublesome foods include potatoes, cabbage, beans and broccoli. Stimulants such as tea, coffee, carbonated drinks and alcohol should also be avoided till the digestive system is under control.

Digestive system is best aided with a high fiber diet. Foods containing fiber such as whole grains, oat bran, unpolished rice, bananas, fruits and vegetables with skin aids the digestive system. Inflammatory Bowel Diseases like Crohn’s disease can either accommodate fiber or turn unfavorable to such foods but it is indeed beneficial provided your digestive system accepts it. Drinking plenty of liquids is another way to keep your body hydrated and help flush out the toxins. Make it easy for your digestive system by eating smaller meals at short intervals rather than three large meals.

A healthy mind is the way to a healthy body so try a few relaxation techniques such as moderate exercise, any favorable hobby, meditation, yoga to de-stress and help the body and mind recuperate. Mild to moderate exercise such as walking, swimming or any form of sport can help regularize bowel functions.

answered by G M

While there is no home remedy to treat crohns disease,

treatment options involve :

  • medications,
  • nutrition supplements,
  • surgery or
  • a combination of these.

The treatment should aim to control inflammation, relieve the symptoms of abdominal pain, diarrhea and bleeding through rectum.

Treatment helps to control the disease by reducing recurrences but there is no cure for this.


 For further assistance, consult a gastroenterologist.


answered by P P

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