Crohn’s Disease: Here How You Can Manage It

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If you have Crohn’s disease, more than likely, you have experienced severe intestinal pain and irritation, mouth sores, and fever. Unfortunately, living with this gastrointestinal disorder can cause you to feel depressed or anxious. We want you to know that there is hope. Crohn’s disease can become manageable if you follow certain medicinal and dietary guidelines. For more information regarding how you can reduce your Crohn’s disease symptoms, please read our blog below.

Manage Crohn’s Disease With Medication

Crohn’s disease does not have a cure, but it is easier to live with if you take medication. The particular medication(s) you take will depend on your unique biological factors and how well your body responds to the prescription(s). Typically, doctors will prescribe Corticosteroids to reduce the inflammation in your bowels. Azathioprine is another commonly used medication. It attacks the organisms in your immune system that trigger intestinal inflammation.

Manage Crohn’s Disease With Diet

Certain foods are likelier than others to induce inflammation and digestive issues. Improve your diet to see a decrease in diarrhea, bloody stools, gassiness, and cramping.

Some people with Crohn’s disease should avoid consuming:

  • Alcoholic beverages and other fermented drinks (e.g., kombucha). 
  • Caffeinated beverages, such as coffee, tea, and some sodas.
  • High fiber foods, such as multigrain cereals, oatmeal, almonds, chia seeds, and flax seeds.
  • Trans fats (e.g., fast food, greasy food).

Bear in mind that there is not a one-size-fits-all food plan for people with this condition. If you have Crohn’s disease, you are prone to struggling with malnourishment and weight loss. In that case, you may benefit from eating some of the foods above if you eat them in moderation, such as foods with trans fat. Similarly, fiber has reduced the symptoms of inflammation for some people who have Crohn’s disease.

See a Gastroenterologist for Crohn’s Disease Treatment

A gastroenterologist is a medical professional who specializes in diagnosing and treating disorders that attack your digestive tract. If you have Crohn’s disease, it is imperative that you regularly consult a seasoned gastroenterologist to manage your flare-ups. It is possible to get the most out of life, despite your condition. Do not prolong your pain. Schedule an appointment today with a Crohn’s disease expert at Gramercy Park Digestive Disease Center. Contact us at 212-979-3237.

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