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Crohn’s Disease Explained

By Martha Orem

Crohn’s disease is characterized by chronic inflammation of the colon. Most patients also experience abdominal pain and weight loss. The treatment for the condition is comparable to that of ulcerative colitis in the sense that it can be treated with sulfasalazine, mesalamine preparations, glucocorticoids and 6 mercaptopurine.

Antibiotics like Ciprofloxacin and Metronidazole can also be effective for the problems that come along with this condition. Metronidazole is very useful in treating fitulous disease in some patients.

The origin of Crohn’s disease is still a mystery within the medical world, nevertheless some researchers believe that overeating, chemical poisoning, bacterial and a lack of response by your own immune system might all be linked to this condition.

Crohn’s disease can frequently be confused with regional ileitis, which is also a severe, progressive, inflammatory disease of the bowel. Its signs and symptoms include diarrhea with pain. Bowel movements generally contain blood, mucus and pus, brought on by the infection. What makes Crohn’s different is that it can affect any part of the gastrointestinal tract and doesn’t necessarily involve continuous unhealthy bowel movements, occasionally bowel movements are regular, other time they are not.

No symptoms are noticeable when your Crohn’s is in remission. Actually, most patients in remission may think that they are healed. But the truth of the matter is that there is still chance for the illness to reoccur, except if you take all required safeguards and pay close attention to your health. If surgery becomes necessary for your Crohn’s disease, you can rest assured it’s a nicely tolerated, reasonably safe procedure, with an operative mortality rate of only 6%.

Since diarrhea is one of the main signs and symptoms of Crohn’s disease, it is not uncommon for patients to have some fissures, fistulas or thickening from the anal skin. The skin may also become swollen and stained around the anus.

Crohn’s can also bring about biochemical disruptions in the liver. Numerous sufferers hat show this symptom have a family history of allergies that includes hives and asthma. Additional signs and symptoms can include swelling of the ends of the fingers (known as clubbing), thrush in the mouth, lesions in the eyes and arthritis that affects the large joints.

Even today there’s no effective cure for this condition. Although the disease may show fairly mild signs and symptoms, it still can interfere with work and your personal life. Medications that treat the illness can sometimes wind up causing other problems.

If you believe you have Crohn’s disease, you should first consult your primary care physician before taking other steps. Careful diagnosis and monitoring are the key to living comfortably with Crohn’s.

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