How antibiotics might cause Crohn's Disease

Introduction – Description of Crohns Disease Symptoms

Crohns Disease is a disease of the gut. It was named after in the 1930’s after he first described the disease. It can affect any part in one or more places although it affects the ileum (the final section of the gut) in around half of all cases.

It affects approximately 1 in 1500 people, affecting slightly more women than men with the age group predominantly affected by Crohns Disease being more affected.

Crohns Disease Symptoms

Crohns Disease Symptoms

Crohns Disease is also a which means that it is persistent. Once you have it, you will always have it. The symptoms may vary over time in their severity.

What Causes Crohns Disease

It is now known exactly causes Crohns Disease. There appears to be enough evidence that it could possibly be inherited as about 1 in 10 sufferers have a relative who has also suffered from this condition. The evidence isn’t absolute, but of certain degree to be significant.

It is possible that some people may be genetically predisposed to suffer from Crohns Disease although it needs some kind of germ to trigger it. The theory is that the germ triggers the immune system to cause of the gut. Interestingly, Crohns disease has become more common in recent times. The reason for this is unknown, however, smokers and women who use a combined contraceptive pill are at higher risk.

The Symptoms of Crohns Disease

The symptoms of Crohns Disease are different dependent upon which part of the gut is affected and to what degree.

The is normally located in the area where the inflammation is. Using the example of the inflammation being in the ileum, then the area of would be on the lower right side of the .

may develop which affect the raw area of the lining of the gut.

may be mixed with mucus or blood. What is common is the feeling of wanting to go to the toilet but when you get there, of not having anything to pass.

Some general feeling of being unwell with a loss of appetite, and tiredness.

If you lose a lot of blood, then you may suffer from anemia

Mouth ulcers are common

Painful cracks in the skin of the anus called anal fissures.

Treatment of Crohns Disease

As we don’t know the cause of Crohns Disease, it is only possible to treat the symptoms. Some common treatments are as follows.

Drugs can be given which will firm up the stools.

can be given to fight any infection

Acute inflammation is normally treated via application directly up the back passage using various drugs such as corticosteriods.

There may be some surgery required to fix damaged portions of the bowel or to remove obstructions. The problems with surgery though is that it normally causes the Crohns Disease to flare up again.

If you want to read more about this subject, then visit Crohns Disease http://www.disease-crohns.info Also, related to this topic are Piles Cure http://www.piles-cure.com and IBS where you will hopefully find something of interest to you.

About Robert Hill

I founded IDEAS Intestinal Disease Education and Awareness Society, from my home base in Vancouver, British Columbia. Intestinal Disease Education and Awareness Society IDEAS is established to raise public awareness of intestinal diseases in order to help remove the stigmas associated with these illnesses. The programs of IDEAS help children, youth and young adults learn to live full lives, find acceptance and gain confidence.

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