Health Tip: Controlling Crohn's Disease
A list of potential treatments
(HealthDay News) -- Crohn's disease causes inflammation of the digestive tract, resulting in symptoms including abdominal pain and diarrhea.
While there is no cure, a combination of medication, nutritional supplements and surgery can help control symptoms.
The National Digestive Diseases Information Clearinghouse offers this list of treatment options:
- Most people with Crohn's are initially treated with mesalamine, a substance that helps control inflammation of the digestive tract.
- Other medications are available if mesalamine doesn't prove effective or cannot be tolerated, including Remicade (infliximab) or a class of drugs called corticosteroids.
- Medications that suppress the immune system.
- Fluid replacement treatments and anti-diarrhea medications.
- Eating a healthy, balanced diet, and avoiding foods that trigger symptoms.
- Nutritional supplements.
- Surgery may well be required to alleviate blockages, or treat other complications including intestinal perforations, abscesses or bleeding.