Fight Crohn’s disease with a modified lifestyle

March 18th, 2009 - 10:58 pm ICT by GD  

Crohn’s disease is an inflammatory disease and can affect any part of the gastrointestinal tract. It primarily affects the small and large intestines, but might affect the digestive system also. This disease can cause a lot of discomfort and also troublesome symptoms that can hamper a person’s daily lifestyle. The most common symptoms of Crohn’s disease are diarrhea, abdominal pain, fever, weight loss, loss of appetite, or even vomiting. Sometimes there is also a possibility of developing skin rashes or arthritis because of this.

The Crohn’s disease occurs when the immune system attacks the gastro intestinal tract, leading to chronic inflammation. It also referred to as a classification of the Irritable Bowel disease. Men and women are equally susceptible to it. However, it is important to note that in women Crohn’s disease can lead to reproductive problems, and even infertility. This disease is also is considered to be genetic to some extent. People with their siblings suffering from the disease are at a high risk of developing the same.

Crohn’s disease can be diagnosed using barium enema or through colonoscopy.

Crohn’s disease cannot be treated surgically or be cure by drugs. It is important for the patient to maintain a lifestyle controlling the symptoms and preventing the relapse. In case of relapse the symptoms of the disease generally tend to worsen.

However, patients with mild or no symptoms do not need any treatment. Today newer methods of treating this disease are being developed. However, it is important for the individuals suffering from this disease to have a proper understanding of the environmental and other factors that cause it. This helps in the treatment as well as in the prevention of relapse of the Crohn’s disease.

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