Crohn’s disease is an inflammatory bowel condition affecting at least 115,000 people in the UK. It can make day-to-day living difficult, especially if you have long-term symptoms like frequent diarrhoea, gastrointestinal bleeding, anal tears or bowel obstructions.
There is no cure for Crohn’s disease but with the right medications and lifestyle changes it’s possible to manage your symptoms. These tips can help.
1. Treatment for Crohn’s disease depends on its location and severity and whether it is active or in remission. Treatment may be medical (steroids, immunosuppressants), surgical or a combination of both.
2. Some antibiotics can reduce Crohn’s inflammation, though no one yet knows how.
3. Know what’s in your medicine cabinet: Aspirin, ibuprofen, diclofenac and naproxen can all worsen Crohn’s disease symptoms. If you need painkillers, your doctor may suggest trying paracetamol instead.
4. Smoking can make Crohn’s disease symptoms worse. Now is a good time to quit!
5. Do your upmost to avoid getting a cold as infections can make Crohn’s disease worse.