|Crohns Disease can be managed and treated.|
1. How did I get Crohns? While the exact cause of this is not known there are some risk factors which are well documented. If you have a first degree relative with any type of Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD), you will automatically be at higher risk for contracting this. Also, if you are of European or Jewish descent, you may also be at higher risk. Finally, studies indicate smokers are at much higher risk for contracting this.
2. Is there a medication which will treat my symptoms? Because this is an auto immune disease it is important to know there is not a “one size fits all” treatment when it comes to medications. There is a variety of different medications which doctors can use to treat your symptoms. These can include but are not limited to: Aminosalicylates (5-ASA), Corticosteroids, Immunomodulators, and Antibiotics. All of these medications will be used in an attempt to modulate or change your immune system. The type of medication prescribed will depend heavily on your current health status and what other types of medications you are already taking.
5. Can I continue on with my normal activities? Many people fear when they are first diagnosed they won’t be able to continue on with their normal activities. Keep in mind while it can take some time to get your symptoms under control they are manageable. In addition, your health care professional can help to guide you in management strategies. In addition, you should seek out additional information and support both on and offline.
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