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.