Explaining Crohn Disease In Simple Terms by anamaulida

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        <p>Crohn's disease is characterized by chronic inflammation of
the colon. Most patients also experience abdominal pain and weight loss.
The treatment for Crohn's disease is similar to that of ulcerative
colitis in the sense that it can be treated with sulfasalazine,
mesalamine preparations, glucocorticoids and 6
mercaptopurine.<br><br>Antibiotics such as Ciprofloxacin and
Metronidazole can also be effective for the complications that come along
with Crohn's disease. Metronidazole is very useful in treating fitulous
disease in some patients.<br><br>The origin of Crohn's disease is still a
mystery in the medical world, however some researchers believe that
overeating, chemical poisoning, bacterial and a lack of response by your
own immune system may all be connected to Crohn's disease.<br><br>Crohn's
disease can often be confused with regional ileitis, which is also a
severe, progressive, inflammatory disease of the bowel. Its symptoms
include diarrhea with pain. Bowel movements usually 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 does not
necessarily involve constant unhealthy bowel movements, sometimes bowel
movements are regular, other time they are not.<br><br>No symptoms are
noticeable when your Crohn's is in remission. In fact, most patients in
remission may think that they are healed. But the truth of the matter is
that there is still chance for the disease to reoccur, unless you take
all necessary precautions and pay close attention to your health. If
surgery becomes necessary for Crohn's your disease, you can rest assured
it is a well tolerated, reasonably safe procedure, with an operative
mortality rate of only 6%.<br><br>Since diarrhea is one of the main
symptoms of Crohn's disease, it's not unusual for patients to have some
fissures, fistulas or thickening of the anal skin. The skin may also
become swollen and discolored around the anus.<br><br>Crohn's can also
bring about biochemical disturbances in the liver. Many patients hat
exhibit this symptom have a family history of allergies that includes
hives and asthma. Additional symptoms can include enlargement of the ends
of the fingers (called clubbing), thrush in the mouth, lesions in the
eyes and arthritis that effects the large joints.<br><br>Even today there
is no effective cure for Crohn's disease. Although the disease may
exhibit relatively mild symptoms, it still can interfere with work and
your personal life. Medications that treat the disease can sometimes end
up causing other problems.<br><br>Many Crohn's patients were found to be
eating a similar diet - lots of refined sugars, less dietary fiber, less
raw fruits and vegetables. The trouble is that sugary foods tend to
contain chemical additives that influence intestinal bacteria, causing
them to produce toxic substances that end up, over time, destroying the
intestinal lining. This is the reason sugary foods should be avoided (or
limited) by Crohn's patients.<br><br>Seasonings as well as cold liquid
are also not well tolerated. It's also common for a milk sugar mal-
absorption to cause milk intolerance in most Crohn's patients. Crohn's
disease is also believed to be responsible for providing favorable
conditions where substances that produce allergic reaction can develop,
especially if the Crohn's has penetrated the lining of the
bowel.<br><br>If you suspect 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.<br></p>        <!--INFOLINKS_OFF-->
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