Crohn's Treatment

Examples of options to treat Crohn's disease include medications, dietary changes, nutritional supplementation, and even surgery. While these treatment options cannot cure the disease, they can relieve symptoms and allow those with Crohn's to live an active life.

An Overview of Treatments for Crohn's Disease

Crohn's treatment depends on the location and severity of the disease, the complications a person has, and his or her response to previous treatments. The goals of treatment are to:
 
  • Control inflammation
  • Correct nutritional deficiencies
  • Relieve symptoms (such as abdominal pain, diarrhea, and rectal bleeding)
  • Reduce flare-ups
  • Delay the need for surgery.
 
Options for managing this disease may include:
 
  • Medications
  • Dietary changes
  • Lifestyle changes
  • Nutritional supplementation
  • Surgery
  • A combination of these options.
     
At this time, treatment can help control the disease, but there is no Crohn's cure.
 

What to Expect as Crohn's Disease Progresses

While Crohn's disease can seriously affect your life, and may require special care at times, it's rarely life-threatening. Treatment can help reduce your symptoms and allow you to live an active life.
 
Unfortunately, there is no way for healthcare providers to predict how this condition will affect you. Some people have long periods of remission (sometimes lasting years), when they are free of symptoms, while others have more frequent flare-ups. However, the disease usually recurs at various times over a person's lifetime.
 
This changing pattern of Crohn's disease means one cannot always tell when a treatment has helped. Predicting when a remission may occur or when symptoms will return is not possible.
 
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Crohn's Disease Info

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