Crohn's disease is a chronic, long-term condition that affects digestion by causing inflammation and gradual weakening of the gastrointestinal tract. This disease also and prevents the proper absorption of essential nutrients. Read on to learn a bit more about Crohn's, and contact the gastroenterologists at Digestive Medicine Associates in Miami if you have further questions.
Crohn’s Disease Symptoms
Common signs and symptoms of Crohn’s disease include:
- Abdominal pain
- Diarrhea up to 10-15 times per day
- Bloody stools
- Stomach cramps after eating
- Low-grade fever
- Weight loss
- Loss of appetite
- Chronic fatigue
Crohn’s Disease Treatment
Although there is no cure for Crohn’s disease, with the help of a gastroenterologist, you should be able to maintain your symptoms with the right treatment. The key to Crohn’s disease management is to work with your physician to reduce the inflammation that causes your symptoms. With this aim in mind, you may be prescribed one or a combination of the following medications:
- Anti-inflammatory drugs: This is the first line of treatment for Crohn’s disease. Medications such as corticosteroids or oral 5-aminosalicylates can help reduce inflammation.
- Immune system suppressors: This type of medication also helps reduce inflammation by targeting the immune system which produces substances that trigger inflammation.
- Antibiotics: Antibiotics may be helpful if you have abscesses in your gastrointestinal tract, as they can help them heal. Antibiotics may also help to reduce the number of harmful bacteria in your digestive system.
Crohn's disease can become very debilitating if it's not treated properly. If you suffer from Crohn’s disease and you are experiencing severe symptoms, talk to a gastroenterologist.
If you live in or around Miami and you suffer from Crohn’s disease, contact Digestive Medicine Associates at (305) 822-4107 and let their specialists help you with your digestive health.