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Health Tip: Understanding Crohn's Disease

There is no cure

(HealthDay News) - Crohn's disease is an inflammatory bowel disease that causes ulcers to form along the gastrointestinal tract.

Symptoms may range from mild to severe; some severe cases may require surgery.

Here's more information about Crohn's disease, courtesy of the American Academy of Family Physicians:

  • Symptoms often include stomach cramps, diarrhea and bloody stools.
  • Additional signs may include fatigue, nausea and joint pain.
  • For mild forms, antibiotics and drugs called salicylates may help. Steroids are generally prescribed for people with more severe disease.
  • Crohn's cannot be cured, but many people who are treated have no symptoms for long periods.
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