What causes Crohn's disease?
The cause of Crohn's disease is not entirely understood. Heredity and immune system may play a role in a person's likelihood of developing Crohn's disease. Crohn's disease is an autoimmune disease, meaning the immune system attacks itself when a flare-up occurs. Certain bacterias or viruses may trigger the immune system and cause the development of Crohn's disease. Having an immediate family member with Crohn's disease can make a person more likely to develop it, but many people who develop the disease do not have family members with the disease. It was once believed that diet and stress could be causes of Crohn's disease. These factors are identified as triggers for a flare-up in individuals diagnosed rather than a cause of the disease.
How do you treat Crohn's disease?
There is no true cure for Crohn's disease. However, some therapies can help with symptoms. The goal of treatment for Crohn's disease is to reduce symptoms, minimize flare-ups, and reduce the risk of long-term complications. Different medications may be prescribed to help treat Crohn's disease, including anti-inflammatory drugs, immune system suppressors, biologics, and antibiotics. Some patients may also use antidiarrheals and pain relievers during flare-ups. Special diets can also help relieve Crohn's disease symptoms and improve long-term outcomes. Doctors may recommend surgery as a last resort if no other therapies work. Surgery to help treat Crohn's disease typically involves removing a damaged portion of the digestive tract.
The Power of Crohn’s Disease Support Groups
Living with Crohn’s disease can be challenging in the day-to-day, but over time it can also start to feel extremely isolating. But you’re not alone.
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Joining a Crohn’s disease support group provides a chance to learn tried and tested coping strategies, discover Crohn’s-friendly recipes, and access inspiring stories about people just like you.
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