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Crohn’s Disease Treatment

The effects of a Crohn’s flare-up can range from annoying to debilitating and may include stomach cramps, diarrhea, lack of appetite, and weight loss. Fortunately, doctors have several options when it comes to treating Crohn’s disease.

Dietary and Lifestyle Changes

Although doctors previously ruled out stress as a factor in a Crohn’s disease diagnosis, they are now saying that a person’s stress level can sometimes bring on a bout of this unpleasant condition. At the start, doctors may begin by asking patients to avoid certain foods that can bring about discomfort and to monitor their stress levels.

The effects of a Crohn’s flare-up can range from annoying to debilitating and may include stomach cramps, diarrhea, lack of appetite, and weight loss. Fortunately, doctors have several options when it comes to treating Crohn’s disease.

Dietary and Lifestyle Changes

Although doctors previously ruled out stress as a factor in a Crohn’s disease diagnosis, they are now saying that a person’s stress level can sometimes bring on a bout of this unpleasant condition. At the start, doctors may begin by asking patients to avoid certain foods that can bring about discomfort and to monitor their stress levels.

Medication Options
If dietary and lifestyle changes just don’t seem to bring relief, doctors have a variety of medications that they can and often will try. The medications used to treat Crohn’s disease are meant to stop the abnormal inflammation that brings discomfort and damages your intestines.

Corticosteroids, like prednisone and methylprednisolone, work by suppressing the immune system and are often prescribed for those Crohn’s patients with moderate to severe symptoms. By suppressing the immune system response to prevent ongoing inflammation, immunomodulators are often an option for those who have not had relief from treatment with aminosalicylates or corticosteroids. Immunomodulators take time to work, but may help to reduce the need for corticosteroids in the future.

A newer class of therapy for Crohn’s patients is the use of biologic therapies. These are created in a laboratory and stop the body from causing inflammation in the first place.

Not everyone responds to the same treatment in the same manner, and in some cases, a doctor may recommend a combination of treatment protocols, like adding a biologic treatment to a current immunomodulator treatment.

Only a doctor can diagnose Crohn’s disease and only a doctor can prescribe the corticosteroids, immunomodulators, or biologic therapies you need to improve.

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Kelly Croteau September 23, 2015