Crohn's disease is a chronic inflammatory condition that affects the digestive tract, typically the small intestine and colon. The exact cause of Crohn's disease is unknown, but it is believed to be the result of an abnormal immune response in which the immune system attacks the digestive tract.
The symptoms of Crohn's disease can vary from person to person and depend on the location and severity of the inflammation in the digestive tract. Some common symptoms include:
If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, schedule an appointment with a primary care provider today.
Some of the known risk factors for Crohn's disease include:
Crohn's disease is typically diagnosed through a combination of medical history, physical examination, and diagnostic tests. The diagnostic process may involve the following steps:
Endoscopy and biopsy: Endoscopy is a procedure in which a small camera is inserted through the mouth or anus to examine the digestive tract. Biopsies may be taken during endoscopy to look for signs of inflammation or abnormal cells.
You and your doctor can work together to manage Crohn's disease with a combination of medication, lifestyle changes, and in some cases, surgery. The goals of treatment for Crohn's disease are to reduce inflammation, relieve symptoms, prevent complications, and improve quality of life.
The specific treatment plan for Crohn's disease will depend on the individual's symptoms, medical history, and other factors. It is important to work closely with a primary care provider to develop an individualized treatment plan that is right for you.
The specific foods that may produce symptoms of Crohn's disease can vary from person to person. However, there are some general guidelines for foods that may be best to avoid or limit for people with Crohn's disease:
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