What is Crohn's Disease?
Crohn's disease is a chronic inflammatory bowel disease that can affect any part of the digestive tract, from the mouth to the anus. It causes inflammation and damage to the lining of the digestive tract, leading to symptoms such as abdominal pain, diarrhea, weight loss, and fatigue. The exact cause of Crohn's disease is not known, but it is thought to be an autoimmune disorder in which the immune system attacks the body's own tissues. Treatment options for Crohn's disease can include medication (such as corticosteroids, immunosuppressants, and biologics), surgery, and lifestyle changes such as dietary modifications. Treatment aims to reduce inflammation, manage symptoms, and improve quality of life. However, Crohn's disease is a chronic condition, and there is currently no cure. Close monitoring and ongoing treatment are necessary to manage the disease and prevent complications.
When is it necessary to see a doctor?
If you experience persistent diarrhea, abdominal pain, or weight loss, it's time to see a doctor for a Crohn's disease evaluation. A doctor can perform diagnostic tests such as colonoscopies or imaging studies and prescribe medication to manage your symptoms and prevent long-term complications.