What is Crohn’s Disease?

Crohn’s disease is an inflammation in your digestive tract and can lead to severe diarrhea, abdominal pain, fatigue, malnutrition, and weight loss and sometimes may lead to life-threatening complications. This type of inflammation involves different areas of the digestive tract and often spreads into the deeper bowel layers. There’s no known cure for Crohn’s disease, but some therapies can significantly reduce the signs and symptoms and sometimes long-term remission and healing. Many people with Crohn’s disease who follow treatment can function well.

What causes Crohn’s Disease?

Crohn’s disease cause is unknown. Doctors say diet and stress are factors that may aggravate but do not cause Crohn’s disease. Heredity and a malfunction in the immune system may play a role in its development.

Virus or bacterium may trigger Crohn’s disease.

Risk factors

  • Crohn’s disease can be diagnosed at any age, but you are probably to develop the condition at a young age.
  • Crohn’s disease can affect anyone, but whites have the highest risk, especially people of Eastern European and Jewish descent.
  • You’re at higher risk if a parent, sibling or child, has the disease.
  • Cigarette smoking leads to more severe conditions and a greater risk of having surgery.
  • Anti-inflammatory medications can lead to inflammation of the bowel that makes Crohn’s disease worse.

How is Crohn’s Disease treated?
Our ultimate goal is to reduce the inflammation, signs, and symptoms by avoiding what triggers the condition.

Anti-inflammatory drugs
Anti-inflammatory drugs are one of the techniques to treat this type of inflammatory bowel disease.